Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

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The Kansas City Royals will face off against the Detroit Tigers at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The matchup will begin at 2:15 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Kansas City to catch the game.

Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals Odds

Kansas City (-145) is hosting this one as the favorite over Detroit (+135) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this afternoon’s game at 10 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at Tigers +1.5 runs (-160) and Royals -1.5 runs (+140).

The Tigers are 28-59 SU and are 35-51 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 19.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 21.8 units ATS. The Royals, on the other hand, are 32-61 SU and 43-49 ATS. They’ve lost 19.3 units for moneyline bettors and 17.7 units ATS.

Royals games have had an over/under record of 44-41-7 thus far in 2019. The Tigers have an over/under record of 40-41-5.

The right-handed Jordan Zimmermann is getting the nod for the visiting Tigers. Zimmermann is 0-6 with a 6.29 ERA and 33 strikeouts. He has yet to face Kansas City this year, but he did make three starts against the team in 2018, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.18 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

The Royals will turn to righty Homer Bailey (7-6, 4.80 ERA), who has 81 strikeouts and 38 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.41. Bailey is 2-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA across two starts against Detroit this year.

Kansas City’s pitching staff has yielded 5.1 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. The team’s starters have an ERA of 5.19, a WHIP of 1.44 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.3. The bullpen has a 4.78 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 8.6 K/9. In 41 divisional games, Royals starters have an ERA of 3.81 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.97.

Kansas City’s hitters have produced 4.2 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .257/.321/.380 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Whit Merrifield has helped lead the Royals’ offense this season with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs, 65 runs and 14 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.99 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.40 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.01, along with a WHIP of 1.39.

The Tigers offense has slashed .232/.295/.380 on its way to 3.6 runs scored per game in 2019, including 3.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (0-5 SU).

Detroit’s offense has been paced by Nicholas Castellanos. Castellanos is slashing .279/.339/.463 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and 49 runs scored.

The Royals just took the previous game in this series by a final tally of four runs to one.

Tigers at Royals Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Royals, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in four of Kansas City’s last seven games.
  • The Tigers have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Royals have hit seven over their last 10.
  • The Tigers have a total OPS of .674 this season and an OPS of .666 against right-handed pitchers. The Royals’ OPS sits at .712 overall and .725 versus righties.
  • Kansas City has posted 21.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.8 over its last five.
  • The Tigers have lost eight of their last nine games SU.