Tigers vs. Royals Prediction
Two struggling AL Central foes meet up tonight in Kansas City when the Royals play host to the Detroit Tigers. Which team has the edge at 8:15PM ET?
923 Detroit Tigers vs. 924 Kansas City Royals
Friday, July 12, 2019
8:15PM ET – Kauffman Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Royals are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -140 to win. The Tigers are listed with a money line of +120, while the over/under total is set at 9 runs. The public betting for the contest currently has 54 percent going on Detroit on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Tigers a mess
Detroit lost six of its last seven coming into the All-Star Break following a three-game sweep at home at the hand of the Red Sox. The Tigers are now 28-57 overall, 16-25 on the road and 42-37 with the under. Detroit has Spencer Turnbull getting the start tonight. He is 3-8 on the year with a 3.31 ERA.
The Tigers are one of the worst teams in the league when it comes to hitting. Detroit averages just 3.62 runs per game while hitting .233 as a squad. On the mound, the Tigers have a 4.98 team ERA with a 1.43 team WHIP. Nicholas Castellanos is leading the team with 29 doubles, nine home runs and 33 RBI. Miguel Cabrera is adding 12 doubles, five home runs and 36 RBI.
Royals also struggling
Kansas City also dropped six of its last seven games entering the break, including its last two on the road against Washington. KC is 30-61 on the season, 16-28 at home and 45-41 with the over. Danny Duffy takes the mound for KC tonight. He is 3-5 on the season with a 4.28 ERA.
Like Detroit, Kansas City isn’t very good on the mound or at the plate. The Royals pitching staff has a 5.08 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. When it comes to hitting, KC averages just 4.20 runs per game with a .245 batting average. Jorge Soler is leading the team with 18 doubles, 23 home runs and 59 RBI while Alex Gordon has 23 doubles, 10 home runs and 55 RBI.
MLB Betting Trends
The Tigers are just 1-9 in their last 10 division games and they have lost five straight series openers.
The Royals are just 3-8 in their last 11 Friday games, but they have won four of their last five home meetings with the Tigers.
Duffy hasn’t gotten great results in terms of wins and losses, but he has been pretty competitive on the mound, going at least 6.2 innings in his last three starts. Turnbull is in a similar boat, as he has pitched well, but not been helped by his hitters or bullpen. KC has much better power stats than Detroit. The Tigers can’t hit for power and they don’t steal bases like KC does. The Royals should find ways to bring in runs that the Tigers won’t be able to. Turnbull may pitch well, but I don’t think the Detroit pen will help him.
MLB Prediction: Kansas City Royals -140