The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals finished a four-game set Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. This game will continue our MLB odds series as we bring you Tigers-Royals predictions and picks as well as how to watch it happen.
This will be the 10th match between the two teams. The Tigers currently lead the season series 6–3. In nine games played, Detroit is batting .241. JV Baez has 13 hits in seven games played, including a home run to lead the Tigers. Detroit has hit eight total home runs against the Royals this season. Jack Short and Riley Green each had two home runs. On the mound, the Tigers have a 3.71 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 against Kansas City this season. In nine starts, Detroit has been able to get four quality starts from their pitchers.
The Royals are hitting .238 in nine games against the Tigers this season. McCall Garcia leads the team with 12 hits, including one home run. The Royals have hit five home runs in total during nine games. Those five home runs gave the Royals a total of 27 extra base hits against Detroit in nine games played. Pitching wise, Royals has a 4.50 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 7.4 K/9 in his games with the Tigers. Jordan Lyles has two quality starts while Daniel Lynch has another.
In this Michael Lorenzen will start against Zack Greinke.
here are the tigers-royals mlb prospects, Courtesy of FanDuel.
MLB Odds: Tigers-Royals Odds
Detroit Tigers: -1.5 (+128)
Kansas City Royals: +1.5 (-154)
Overs: 9 (+100)
Under: 9 (-122)
How to watch Tigers Vs. Royal Family
TV: Bailey Sports Detroit, Bailey Sports Kansas City
Stream: MLB TV Subscription
Time: 2:10PM ET/11:10AM PT
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Why could the tiger cover this spread?
Lorenzen has made two starts against the Royals this season. He struggled in one of those, but has been able to close them recently. In a recent start against Kansas City, Lorenzen was able to go six innings and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out seven. If he can get off to that type of start, the Tigers will be able to cover the spread with ease. The Royals aren’t very good offensively, so Lorenzen has a chance to beat one of the worst teams in baseball.
Lorenzen made two starts in July. In those starts, he has gone a total of 11 2/3 innings and has yet to give up a run. He allowed only five hits while striking out 11. They must have realized something when the calendar turned to July. Lorenzen was an All-Star this season and he is finally showing why. If he can continue pitching with confidence and shutting down a poor offensive team, the Tigers will easily cover the spread.
Why were the royals able to cover this spread?
Greinke has already started against the Tigers this season. In that start, Greinke pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five. Greinke hasn’t gone as deep as starters this season, but he’s kept his team in the game most of the time. The Tigers aren’t very good offensively, so Greinke has a chance to finish them off again this time around. If he can go strong five or six times, the Royals will keep the game close.
Final Tigers-Royals Predictions & Selections
Greinke needs one of his better games if the Royals are to split a four-game set with Detroit. However, Lorenzen and the Tigers seem to have the number for Kansas City. I don’t expect that to change, but I do expect the Royals to keep the game within one run. I’m going to Kansas City.
Final Tigers-Royals Predictions & Picks: Royals +1.5 (-154), Under 9 (-122)