Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 5/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (13-18) at Kansas City Royals (10-22)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
J Zimmermann (1-0) (5.81) vs. J Hammel (0-3) (4.91)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -140 / Detroit Tigers +130 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet Saturday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Detroit Tigers could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Tigers have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Detroit Tigers have lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 38 hits and 20 RBI while Jeimer Candelario and Leonys Martin have combined for 67 hits and 27 RBI. Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 5.81 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Zimmermann is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Royals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Kansas City Royals have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least four runs. Mike Moustakas leads the Royals with 38 hits and 20 RBI while Jon Jay and Whit Merrifield have combined for 63 hits and 18 RBI. Jason Hammel gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 3-3 with a 5.78 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games, 6-13 in Zimmermanns last 19 road starts and 1-4 in Zimmermanns last 5 starts vs. American League Central. The Royals are 1-12 in their last 13 during game 3 of a series, 3-7 in Hammels last 10 home starts and 11-27 in Hammels last 38 starts. The Tigers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City, 5-13 in the last 18 meetings and the over is 17-8 in the last 25 meetings in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals are playing their best baseball of the season right now and have woken up offensively. The Detroit Tigers are getting lit up pitching wise as of late, and it's been no different for Zimmermann, who has allowed three or more runs in four of his six starts. On the road this season in eight innings, Zimmermann has allowed a 10.13 ERA and a batting average of .395. Hammel has had his struggles as well, as the 35-year-old is on the downside of his career. Still, backing the Tigers isn't an option. So, if forced to pick, I'm siding with the Kansas City Royals.