Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 4/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (7-5) at Kansas City Royals (9-4)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
J Zimmermann (2-0) (0.00) vs. I Kennedy (2-0) (0.66)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -110 / Detroit Tigers +100 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, FSKC, FSDT
The MLB is rolling out another great-looking matchup between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday.
This will be game two of this series, and in Tuesday’s game one, the Royals held off a late push by the Tigers to take the opening victory 8-6.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Tigers will be giving the start to right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Across two starts and 13 innings so far this season, Zimmerman has been spectacular, giving up no earned with seven strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP. That said, there are still some rumblings and nervousness about Zimmermann’s diminished velocity in the early-going.
The Tigers’ batting order features a lot of talent from front to back, and they’ve showcased it so far. Ian Kinsler has been electric with 19 hits, 12 runs and 10 RBI. Nick Castellanos is also hitting well on eight RBI and seven runs with 15 hits. As for JD Martinez, he’s got 17 hits and eight runs of his own.
The Royals will be wheeling out right-hander Ian Kennedy for Wednesday’s game. Kennedy has also been stellar over two starts in 2016, logging a 0.66 ERA with a 0.73 WHIP in 13.2 innings of work. That translates to Kennedy giving up just one earned run (a solo homer on Thursday against the Astros) with 14 strikeouts and three walks so far.
The Kansas City hitters have had a few bumps along the way in 2016, but have been very solid overall. Eric Hosmer leads the way with seven runs and 16 hits, while Lorenzo Cain has 10 hits with eight runs and six RBI. Cain came up empty in the opener, however. Omar Infante has hit .293 so far this season, but went 0-for-4 on Monday.
The Tigers are 4-1 in their last five Wednesday games, but just 1-5 in their last six against the American League Central. As for Kansas City, they’re 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games, and 16-6 in their last 22 game twos of a series.
On the surface, this looks like one of the better early-season pitching battles we’ve seen. The under will be a popular play here, but I also like the Royals hitters to figure out Zimmerman and provide a little cushion for Kennedy. Regardless, it should be a close game and a fun one to watch.