Royals vs. Tigers - 4/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (8-5) at Kansas City Royals (9-5)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
M Pelfrey (0-2) (6.51) vs. E Volquez (2-0) (2.04)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -161 / Detroit Tigers +151 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals play a rubber game Thursday night.
The Detroit Tigers look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Tigers have been the most consistent offensive team in the league, scoring no less than four runs in 11 of their 13 games. The Detroit Tigers are in for a serious bounce back season if the offense can continue to produce at such a high level. Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 21 hits, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has 14 RBI and J.D. Martinez has two home runs. Mike Pelfrey gets the ball, and he’s 0-2 with a 2.79 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Pelfrey is 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look for a bounce back win after losing three of their last four games. The Royals have relied on a pitching staff that’s allowed three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Kansas City Royals are 8-4 this season when they’ve allowed three or less runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 17 hits, Salvador Perez has 11 RBI and Mike Moustakas has four home runs. Edinson Volquez takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 5-11 in their last 16 during game 3 of a series and 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Royals are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series and 14-3 in Volquezs last 17 home starts. The over is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
The Royals are due for a bounce back performance, and they have their key guy on the mound to get the job done. Volquez is money at home with wins in 14 of his last 17 starts. While Detroit is hitting the ball well, you have to like Kansas City at home with the better pitcher on the hill.