Kansas City Royals (52-99) at Detroit Tigers (61-91)
|Date & Time||Thursday September 20, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers -140 / Kansas City Royals +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5
FS-Detroit, FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers meet for game one of a four game AL Central division set from Comerica Park in MLB action on Thursday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after dropping four straight, a second straight 2-1 defeat to the Pirates for the sweep and to give the Royals their 100th loss of the season. Adalberto Mondesi’s solo home run accounted for the lone KC run in the loss, with Mondesi going 2 for 4 with a double. Hunter Dozier also went 2 for 4 and Whit Merrifield added a double while Alcides Escobar chipped in a base knock of his own to round out Kansas City’s offense in defeat. Heath Fillmyer took the loss, falling to 3-2 this season after allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. Jorge Lopez will start game one and is 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career start against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will also be looking to rebound after being swept by the Twins, including an 8-2 loss in the series finale on Wednesday. Nick Castellanos and Mikie Mahtook each had an RBI with Castellanos going 2 for 4 with a double while JaCoby Jones and Pete Kozma each chipped in a base hit to round out Detroit’s offense in the loss. Spencer Turnbull took the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing six runs on six hits over four innings of work. Matt Boyd will start game one and is 9-12 with a 4.08 ERA and 155 strikeouts this season. In his career, Boyd is 3-7 with a 6.50 ERA and 40 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 0-6 in their last 6 road games against a left-handed starter and 31-63 in their last 94 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 division matchups. Detroit is 6-14 in Boyd’s last 20 division starts and 0-7 in their last 7 home games while the over is 14-5-3 in their last 22 division matchups. The over is 8-2-1 in Boyd’s last 11 starts against Kansas City.
Neither of these teams have anything but pride to play for, so good luck picking a side in this matchup. Boyd is the more experienced pitcher, but allowed five runs in his last start against the Royals and has a career ERA around six and a half in his career against KC. On the other hand, Lopez is just as up and down and is capable of a blowup. So rather than try to pick a winner, I’ll side with the over as I think we see double digits on the scoreboard by the end of the game.