Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 11, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line: Detroit Tigers +110 / Kansas City Royals -130 -- Over/Under: 9
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Detroit Tigers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Tigers have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Detroit Tigers have won five of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 64 hits and 23 RBI while Miguel Cabrera and Niko Goodrum have combined for 114 hits and 45 RBI. Spencer Turnbull gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 3.01 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Turnbull is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The Royals have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 21 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 79 hits and 29 RBI while Adalberto Mondesi and Alex Gordon have combined for 135 hits and 83 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 4-6 with a 5.63 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. Junis is 6-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 3-7 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series, 4-1 in Turnbull's last 5 road starts and 1-4 in Turnbull's last 5 starts. The Royals are 16-35 in their last 51 games following a loss, 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 1-5 in Junis' last 6 starts. The Tigers are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Kansas City and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The Royals are 5-2 in Junis' last 7 starts vs. Tigers. The under is 3-0-1 in Junis' last 4 home starts. The under is 8-3 in Turnbull's last 11 starts overall.
I'm not laying juice with a Kansas City Royals team that's won just 13 games since April 13. To make matters worse, Junis has allowed 25 earned runs in his last 39.2 innings and has walked 18 during that span. At home this season, Junis has an ERA of 6.27 and a .290 allowed batting average. Turnbull has actually been better on the road than at home this season where he has a 2.86 ERA and .208 allowed batting average. Sure, the Detroit Tigers aren't world beaters and have issues of their own, but we're getting the better pitcher with plus money. I'll take my chances.