Detroit Tigers (22-33) at Kansas City Royals (24-33)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7:05 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Matthew Boyd (2-7) (6.96) vs. Carlos Hernandez (0-0) (3.46)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -113 / Detroit Tigers +103 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals meet Saturday in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium.
This will be the third installment in a four-game weekend series between the Royals and the Tigers. Kansas City got a win Thursday 8-7 in a tight game. In the Friday matchup, the Royals peppered in a run during three different innings in a 3-2 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Tigers tied Kansas City in the hits department 8-8 during the Friday loss, and couldn’t find much offense. Harold Castro managed two hits and a run in that one, and starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull went 5.0 innings with six hits and three earned.
In the Saturday starting pitcher role, the Tigers will go with Matthew Boyd. In his 11 starts this season, Boyd is 2-7 with a 6.96 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. On his MLB career, Boyd is 33-54 with a 5.08 ERA and 689 Ks in 699.2 innings.
Over on the Royals’ side, Friday starting pitcher Brad Keller went 6.0 innings with four hits and no earned runs in the win, striking out five batters. Franchy Cordero posted a double with a run in that one as well.
For the Saturday starter job, the Royals are handing off to Carlos Hernandez. In four games and two starts without a decision, Hernandez has a 3.46 ERA with 10 Ks in 13.0 innings. This is the 23-year-old Hernandez’s first season of MLB activity.
The Tigers are 10-21 in their last 31 Saturday games and 16-36 in their last 52 during game three of a series. Detroit is 51-127 in their last 178 overall and 20-53 in their last 73 road games.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 6-2 in their last eight games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30 and 29-81 in their last 110 during game three of a series. The under is 10-1 in the Royals’ last 11 games versus a left-handed starter and 9-3 in the last 12 during game three of a series.
Pick: I’m going Royals here. Granted, there’s not much to get excited about when it comes to this matchup. Boyd has had a rough season, and he did pretty well versus the Royals last time he faced them. That said, Hernandez has had a solid debut in 2020, and I like him for a good outing here. KC should be in a nice position.