Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Friday August 9, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Detroit Tigers +126 / Kansas City Royals -138 O/U: 10.5
The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will pick up their MLB series once again on Friday.
In the Thursday opener of this set, we had a back-and-forth battle that Detroit finally won on a walk-off homer 10-8.
For Friday’s game, the Royals will be sending out Brad Keller for the start. This year over 146.0 innings and a 7-11 mark, Keller has a 3.95 ERA with 106 Ks and 59 BBs.
The Royals put up five runs in the first three innings Thursday and had a lead going into the bottom of the seventh but couldn't hang on.
The Tigers will roll out Edwin Jackson on Friday. Jackson is 1-5 this year with a 11.12 ERA and 19 Ks.
Detroit’s hero in the Thursday victory was Jordy Mercer, whose only hit of the night was a game-winning two-run homer. As a team, the Tigers were out-hit 9-8 on the evening.
The Royals are 7-18 in their last 25 in game two of a series and 5-2 in Keller’s last seven starts. KC is 4-9 in Keller’s last 13 road starts an 2-6 in his last eight versus the AL Central.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 13-39 in their last 52 Friday games and 12-42 in the last 54 in game two of a series. The under is 4-0-1 in Detroit’s last five in game two of a series and the over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 Friday games.
Keller has been on a pretty good run lately despite losing his last two outings (six earned in 14.0 combined innings). In all over his past six starts, Keller is 3-2 with 10 earned runs and has gone at least 7.0 innings in four of those.
I like Keller to come out and have a good start here, and if he can get some backup the Royals will have a nice opportunity for a win.