Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Thursday April 4, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Detroit Tigers -108 / Kansas City Royals -105
FS-Detroit, FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers meet in game one of a four game AL Central division set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon.
The Kansas City Royals will look to rebound after being swept in a two game set against Minnesota following a 7-6 loss on Wednesday. Alex Gordon led the Royals with four RBIs, going 2 for 4 with a home run while Whit Merrifield and Chris Owings each had an RBI. Adalberto Mondesi went 2 for 5 with a triples while Ryan O’Hearn had a pair of hits and Martin Maldonado added a base hit as well in the losing effort. Homer Bailey went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out eight, not factoring in the decision. Wily Peralta ended up with the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Jakob Junis will start game one and is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Junis is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 40 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to build on a rubber match win against the Yankees by a final score of 2-1 to take the series. Gordon Beckham had a home run while Christin Stewart added an RBI as well. Niko Goodrum had a double while Josh Harrison added a base hit of his own to round out Detroit’s offense as the Tigers cranked out just three hits as a team in the win. Matt Boyd went 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits while walking three and striking out 13, not factoring in the decision. Buck Farmer got the win to improve to 1-0 while Shane Greene picked up his 4th save of the season. Spencer Turnbull will start game one and is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s first career start against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 5-2 in Junis’ last 7 starts and 15-38 in their last 53 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Detroit is 2-9 in their last 11 home games and 31-64 in their last 95 games overall while the over is 18-8-3 in their last 29 division games. Kansas City is 5-1 in Junis’ last 6 starts against Detroit.
The low line with Detroit at home is tempting considering that the Tigers held their own in a big way, especially on the road against the Yankees. However, I’m still not sold on the Tigers as a whole and while Kansas City has been up and down to start the year and Junis has had a lot of success in his career against the Tigers. I think this could be a good turnaround spot for KC, so I’ll side with the Royals and the low line on the road here.