Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Saturday July 13, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line: Detroit Tigers -116 / Kansas City Royals -105 -- Over/Under: 9
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet Saturday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Detroit Tigers could use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Tigers have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Detroit Tigers have lost five of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 94 hits and 33 RBI while Miguel Cabrera and Niko Goodrum have combined for 154 hits and 65 RBI. Matthew Boyd gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 3.87 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. Boyd is 4-8 with a 6.39 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals also need a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Royals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 118 hits and 44 RBI while Alex Gordon and Adalberto Mondesi have combined for 174 hits and 107 RBI. Brad Keller gets the ball, and he is 4-9 with a 4.47 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. Keller is 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 16-42 in their last 58 during game 2 of a series, 2-7 in their last 9 Saturday games and 9-21 in Boyds last 30 road starts. The Royals are 7-21 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in Kellers last 5 home starts and 3-11 in Kellers last 14 starts. The Tigers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Kansas City. The under is 8-3 in Kellers last 11 starts on grass. The over is 4-1-1 in Boyds last 6 starts overall.
Boyd has allowed 23 earned runs in his last 34.1 innings and the Tigers don't win when he's on the hill. Keller has had issues as well this season, but he's coming off one of his better starts where he held the Nationals to six hits and one run in 5.2 innings, and he has a 3.82 ERA and .191 allowed batting average in 37.2 innings at home this season. The bottom line is I'm not paying the heavier price with the Tigers, a team that can't get out of their own way and is counting the days until the offseason. Like yesterday, if forced to pick, give me the home team and the more favorable price.