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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers (42-49) at Kansas City Royals (45-46)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Royals Stadium)

Matt Boyd (2-5) (5.69) vs. T Wood (1-2) (6.06)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -122 / Detroit Tigers +112 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT, FSKC

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Detroit Tigers look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Tigers have scored 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Detroit Tigers have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than two runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 84 hits and 49 RBI while Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera have combined for 158 hits and 101 RBI. Matthew Boyd gets the ball, and he is 2-5 with a 5.69 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Boyd is 1-3 with a 9.11 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.      

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Royals allowed 10 runs in Monday’s loss and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Kansas City Royals have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 109 hits and 43 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas have combined for 177 hits and 86 RBI. Travis Wood gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Wood is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 2-6 in their last 8 Tuesday games, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 1-6 in Boyds last 7 starts. The Royals are 13-3 in their last 16 during game 2 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.

The Detroit Tigers still aren't close to clinching a playoff spot, but they've been rather sharp in the second half of the season and the offense has caught fire. If that continues, even Boyd, who has struggled all season long, will give Detroit a chance to win another game. Wood is making just his second start of the season after 25 games in the bullpen, and he wasn't that great in limited action. So, I see value in taking the Tigers and the plus money here. 

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