Royals vs. Tigers Pick
Which team will get their first win of the season when the Detroit Tigers host the Kansas City Royals today at 1:10PM ET?
Monday, April 2, 2018
Location: Comerica Park - Detroit, Michigan
Weather: Sunny, 39 degrees
Time: 1:10PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Detroit is favored in this game, as the Tigers are getting odds of -115 to win against Kansas City. The Royals are getting a money line of +105 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 8.5 runs.
The pitching matchup today has Francisco Liriano on the mound for the Tigers to face Jason Hammel of the Royals. Hammel had his scheduled start postponed yesterday, so he faces the Tigers today. He was 8-13 last season over 32 starts with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Hammel had 145 strikeouts with 48 walks. Liriano is making his debut with the Tigers. He was 6-7 last season with a 5.66 ERA while pitching for the Blue Jays and Astros. He had 85 strikeouts with 53 walks.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is backing the Tigers today. Detroit is currently getting 62 percent of the wagers for this game as the home favorite against Kansas City.
The Royals have one big name on the injury report for today’s game. Catcher Salvador Perez is out until May with a knee injury. Detroit has no hitters on the injury report.
Detroit started the season with three losses to Pittsburgh at home. The Tigers gave up 22 runs to the Pirates while scoring 16. Miguel Cabrera had five hits with a home run and four RBI to lead the Detroit hitters while Dixon Machado has three doubles and four RBI.
The Royals suffered a pair of losses at home to the White Sox this weekend. They gave up 18 runs to Chicago while scoring 10. Lucas Duda has led the hitters so far with a home run and five RBI while Mike Moustakas has three hits and has scored three runs for the Royals.
The Royals have actually won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Tigers from last season. Detroit has some bats that can hit the ball, but their pitching is a mess without Michael Fulmer taking the mound. Kansas City doesn’t have a great lineup and some questionable pitching, but I trust their pitching more than I do Detroit. KC faced an up-and-coming Chicago lineup this weekend. I think the KC pitching will settle in against Detroit.
MLB PREDICTIONS: KANSAS CITY ROYALS +105