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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Friday May 3, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Comerica Park
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
Detroit Tigers -148 / Kansas City Royals +138 O/U: 8.5
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The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will be meeting up on the MLB diamond to kick off their series Friday.

The Royals just finished up against the Rays this week. KC managed a split in that series, winning on Wednesday twice in the doubleheader and falling in the Monday and Thursday games.

Kansas City will send out Jorge Lopez on Friday. In his 33.2 innings and 0-2 mark this year, Lopez has a 5.08 ERA with 31 Ks and 12 walks.

Over on the Tigers’ side, they’re fresh off a series against the Phillies. In that two-game set, Detroit won on Tuesday 3-1 but fell 7-3 in the Wednesday matchup.

For the Friday game, the Tigers will send out Matthew Boyd in the start. Across 37.1 innings and a 2-2 record so far, Boyd has a 3.13 ERA with 48 Ks and 10 BBs.

The Royals are 9-20 in their last 29 overall and 18-48 in their last 66 road games. KC is 1-4 in their last five in game one of a series and 1-6 in Lopez’s last seven starts.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 15-38 in their last 53 Friday games and 2-6 in their last eight versus the AL Central. Detroit is 1-5 in their last six overall and 6-1 in Boyd’s last seven home starts.

In each of his last three starts, Lopez has given up four earned runs. The first two added up to eight earned in 13.0 innings, and the last one was four earned in a stretch of 3.2 innings.

As for Boyd, he’s on a nice streak right now with five straight quality starts. In that stretch, Boyd has given up 10 earned in a span of 32.1 innings.

I like Boyd to keep it going here, so I’m taking Detroit for the opening victory.

Detroit Tigers -148

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