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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Saturday May 4, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Detroit Tigers -125 / Kansas City Royals +115 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, FS-Kansas City
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The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers meet in game two of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after dropping the opener of the series by a final score of 4-3 on Friday. Jorge Soler went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Kelvin Gutierrez had a triple and an RBI to round out KC’s scoring as a team in the loss. Ryan O’Hearn added a double while Hunter Dozier and Alex Gordon each had base hits as well in the defeat. Jorge Lopez took the loss, falling to 0-3 after allowing four runs on five hits while striking out six over seven innings of work. Homer Bailey will start game two and is 2-3 with a 5.70 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bailey is 0-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to build on their series opening victory from Friday. Ronny Rodriguez led the Tigers by going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with an RBI as well. Gordon Beckham went 2 for 3 while Nick Castellanos had a base hit as well in the winning effort for the Tigers. Matt Boyd went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out nine in the win to improve to 3-2 on the year. Shane Greene closed out the 9th for his 13th save of the season. Tyson Ross will start game two and is 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ross is 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Kansas City is 4-10 in their last 14 games overall and 18-49 in their last 67 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 division games. Detroit is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 30-62 in their last 92 games following a win while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter. Kansas City is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I’d like to give Kansas City some hope here, but the problem is that Bailey is back to being the Homer Bailey of old where he can’t keep runs off of the board after allowing four runs in back-to-back starts. Ross has been up and down in his own right and the Tigers aren’t a team I try to back consistently, but Ross has had success in his career against the Royals and the Tigers have been playing slightly better lately, so I’ll lay the juice with the Tigers in this spot.

Pick:
Detroit -125

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