Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers - 4/23/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Detroit Tigers (7-12) vs Kansas City Royals (10-7)
Game Info: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
Casey Mize (1-1) (3.38) vs Mike Minor (1-1) (5.17)
Betting Odds: Detroit Tigers +110 / Kansas City Royals -120 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers will host the Kansas City Royals in an AL Central battle on Friday night. It will be the first of a four-game set at Comerica Park.
The Tigers lost for the 6th time in 7 games on Thursday, falling 4-2 at home to the Pirates. Starter Jose Urena pitched well, but the bullpen quickly spoiled a 2-2 by giving up 2 in the 8th. From the dish the Tigers had 9 hits and were 2-7 with runner in scoring position. To start the year, Detroit has a .216 team batting average and .658 OPS. Akil Baddoo leads the team with a .275 average, .986 OPS and 13 RBI.
Starting for Detroit on Friday will be young righty Casey Mize. To start the year, he is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 13 strikeouts. This will be the first time he has faced this Royals lineup.
The Royals salvaged a win at home against the Rays last time out, getting a 9-8 win on a walk-off single by Salvador Perez to avoid the sweep. Every Royals pitcher gave up at least a run in the game. From the dish, they had 10 hits and were 2-5 with runners in scoring position. They hit three home runs in the game. To start the season, the Royals have a .243 team batting average and .716 OPS. Salvador Perez leads the team with 5 home runs and a .888 OPS.
Lefty Mike Minor will get the start for the Royals on Friday. He is 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 12 strikeouts this season. Minor has allowed a .287 average with 3 home runs in 45 career at bats against this Tigers lineup.
Detroit is 4-6 in their last 10 games, 4-5 at home this season, and 6-10 as the underdog. The under is 12-7 in their games.
Kansas City is 6-4 in their last 10 games, 2-2 on the road this year, and 5-3 as the favorite. The under is 10-6-1 in their games.
The Tigers have ranked near the bottom of the league in offensive production, but rank middle of the pack against left-handed pitching. Casey Mize has been impressive outside of a rough outing last time out and has the advantage of seeing this Royals lineup for the first time. I would avoid this game as the Tigers are not a team I feel confident backing, but they’re who I would back here. Give me Detroit to win.