Kansas City Royals (20-28) at Detroit Tigers (20-26)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
Danny Duffy (3-3) (4.24) vs. Matthew Boyd (1-6) (7.63)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -105 / Kansas City Royals -105 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers meet Tuesday in MLB action from Comerica Park.
This will be the first installment of a quick two-game set between these teams this week. The Royals are coming out of a series versus the Pirates over the weekend. Kansas City swept those three and are now on a six-game winning streak. As for the Tigers, they were swept by the White Sox over the weekend, falling 4-3, 14-0 and 5-2. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Kansas City has a few standout offensive players this year. Whit Merrifield is hitting .273 with 29 runs, nine homers and 29 RBI. Maikel Franco is also doing great with his .284 BA, seven homers, 31 RBI and 21 runs. Jorge Soler is hitting a tepid .235 but has notched eight homers and 22 RBI himself.
For the Tuesday starting pitcher, the Royals will send Danny Duffy to the mound. Over nine starts this year, Duffy is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. On his MLB career Duffy is 63-64 with a 3.99 ERA and 973 Ks in 1101.2 innings.
A few guys in Detroit’s lineup have found some offense this year, but there’s not a ton of consistency there. Jonathan Schoop is hitting .278 with eight homers, two triples and 23 RBI. Jeimer Candelario has 11 doubles with a .325 average, and Victor Reyes is hitting .301 with 26 runs.
In Tuesday’s starter role, the tigers are sending out Matthew Boyd. In nine games this season Boyd is 1-6 with a 7.63 ERA and 49 Ks in 43.2 innings of work. On his MLB career Boyd owns a 32-53 record with a 5.09 ERA and 681 Ks in 689.0 innings.
The Royals are 6-0 in their last six games overall and 4-0 in their last four games as a favorite. Kansas City is 23-48 in their last 71 games following a win and 4-9 in their last 13 Tuesday games.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 6-13 in their last 19 Tuesday games and 17-39 in their last 56 during game one of a series. Detroit is 49-120 in their last 169 overall and 40-110 in their last 150 games as a home underdog.
Pick: I’m going Royals here. Kansas City has been playing well over the last week or so, and Duffy is coming off 5.2 innings of shutout baseball versus the Indians on Wednesday. He posted four hits, four walks and four strikeouts in that one. As for Boyd, he was showing promising signs prior to his last start, where he imploded for seven runs in three-plus innings. I think the Royals stay hot in this one.