Detroit Tigers (43-59) at Kansas City Royals (30-69)
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 24, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals -103 / Detroit Tigers -107 --- Over/Under: 9
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Detroit Tigers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Tigers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in three of their last five games. The Detroit Tigers have won five of their last six games when scoring more than two runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 118 hits and 56 RBI while Jose Iglesias and Jeimer Candelario have combined for 164 hits and 76 RBI. Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals look for a bounce back victory after winning three of their last four games. The Royals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 13 games. The Kansas City Royals have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 111 hits and 31 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar have combined for 158 hits and 80 RBI. Burch Smith gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 5.98 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s second career game against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 9-24 in their last 33 Tuesday games, 2-7 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Zimmermanns last 5 road starts. The Royals are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games and 17-43 in their last 60 overall. The Tigers are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Kansas City, 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
Zimmermann just received a nerve blocking injection in his neck, and he has an ERA of 4.83 with an allowed batting average of .282 on the road this season. Smith has been better as of late, but he's been awful overall this season, especially at home where he has an ERA of 6.46 and an allowed batting average of .304 in 23.2 innings. You're really living on the edge if you have faith in either one of these pitchers. I expect both guys to get rocked, so I'll side with the over in this contest.