Last Updated: 2019-06-11
Whit Merrifield and the Kansas City Royals are playing host to the Detroit Tigers at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Fox Sports Kansas City will broadcast the matchup and the game gets going at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals Odds
Detroit (+115) is the underdog to Kansas City (-125) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 9.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). There’s a runline of Tigers +1.5 (-180) and Royals -1.5 (+160) for this matchup.
The Tigers are 24-38 SU and have gone 27-35 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.6 units ATS. The Royals, on the other hand, are 20-45 SU and 30-35 ATS. They’ve lost 18.5 units for moneyline bettors and 13.9 units ATS.
Kansas City games have a 31-29-5 over/under record so far in 2019. Detroit has an over/under record of 28-31-3.
Spencer Turnbull is getting the start for Detroit. The right-handed Turnbull is 3-5 with a 3.01 ERA and 68 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with 17 strikeouts and a 2.08 ERA against Kansas City this year (two starts).
The Royals are turning to righty Jakob Junis (4-6, 5.63 ERA), who has 66 strikeouts and 28 walks as well as a 1.50 WHIP. Junis is 0-0 with eight strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA in one start against Detroit this year.
Kansas City’s pitching staff has allowed 5.3 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 5.46, a WHIP of 1.46 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.3. The bullpen has a 4.85 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 23 games against AL Central opponents, Royals starters have an ERA of 3.99 and the bullpen’s ERA is 5.16.
Kansas City’s offense has put up 4.2 runs per outing, including 4.5 per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .218/.254/.339 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.
The Royals’ offense has been led by Whit Merrifield, who is hitting .294/.344/.480 with seven home runs, 29 RBIs, 43 runs and eight stolen bases.
In the other dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.56 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.32 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.22, along with a K-per-9 of 7.85.
Tigers hitters have slashed .234/.298/.382 on their way to 3.6 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).
Detroit’s offense has been spearheaded by Nicholas Castellanos. Castellanos is slashing .262/.313/.443 with six home runs, 23 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
The Tigers just lost a 12-2 game to the Twins, while the Royals are coming off of a 5-2 loss against the White Sox.
Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals Free MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Royals, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – OVER
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The over has cashed in four of Detroit’s last seven outings.
The Tigers have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Royals have hit nine over their last 10.
The Tigers have an OPS of .680 this season and an OPS of .669 against right-handed pitchers. The Royals’ OPS stands at .717 overall and .741 against righties.
Detroit fielders have committed 10 errors over the last 10 games, compared to only four errors for Kansas City over its last 10.
The Royals have dropped eight of their last nine games SU.