Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 9/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (62-94) at Kansas City Royals (76-80)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
J Zimmermann (8-13) (6.19) vs. J Hammel (8-13) (5.32)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -181 / Detroit Tigers +171 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, FSDT
Over at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will be continuing their MLB series.
In the Tuesday opener, the Royals squeaked by on a 2-1 win, out-hitting Detroit 8-6 on the evening.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Tigers will be bringing out RHP Jordan Zimmerman. In his 154.0 innings and 8-13 record this year, Zimmerman has a 6.19 ERA with 100 Ks and 43 BBs.
Detroit has a few key bats this season. Nick Castellanos brought 160 hits, 71 runs, 25 homers and 96 RBI into this set, while Ian Kinsler had 127 hits, 88 runs, 22 homers and 51 RBI. In the Tuesday game, Castellanos had one hit; Kinsler put up two hits and an RBI.
Over on the Royals’ side, they’re going with RHP Jason Hammel on Wednesday. In his 174.1 innings and 8-13 record this year, Hammel has a 5.32 ERA with 139 Ks and 46 BBs.
KC has a few notable hitters as well. Eric Hosmer had 188 hits, 95 runs, 24 homers and 91 RBI coming into this series and Lorenzo Cain had 171 hits, 85 runs, 49 RBI and 15 homers in that span. Cain and Hosmer combined for three hits and an RBI on Tuesday.
The Tigers are 1-4 in their last five during game two of a series and 1-5 in their last six Wednesday games. Detroit is also 1-4 in Zimmerman’s last five starts and 1-5 in Zimmerman’s last six Wednesday starts.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 4-0 in their last four during game two of a series and 11-4 in their last 15 Wednesday games. Kansas City is also 3-7 in Hammel’s last 10 starts and 2-5 in Hammel’s last seven home starts.
Zimmerman has been pretty sketchy lately, giving up 11 earned over his last three starts, a span of 14.0 innings. As for Hammel, he’s been even worse with 18 earned across 12.2 innings in his last three starts. There’s likely to be a lot of scoring here given the pitching matchup, so the over makes sense. I simply can’t pick the Royals with Hammel on the mound right now, so I’m taking the Tigers for the Wednesday victory.