Tigers vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/23/23

Kansas City Royals (14-34) vs Detroit Tigers (20-24)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 7:40 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

() () vs Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3) (2.06)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals / Detroit Tigers --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will play game two of their divisional set this Tuesday from Kauffman Stadium. Detroit stole game two in extras to win by three, 8-5. 

Tigers Betting Preview

Detroit moved to 21-24 after defeating Kansas City. The Tigers picked up their third straight series opening victory, and they’ll look to inch closer to .500 here. The Detroit offense is scoring 2.72 runs per game, while batting .216, with a .281 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.64 ERA, with a 1.21 WHIP. Riley Greene has recorded multiple hits in four of the last six games, and he leads the Tigers in batting (.286). Spencer Torkelson leads the team in RBI (21), after a productive series versus Washington.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 2.06 ERA, 19 Ks) will get the ball in game two for the Tigers. The longtime Boston pitcher has been the most reliable arm in Detroit this season. Rodriguez had hit three-game win streak snapped versus Pittsburgh last week, but prior to that outing he only allowed two runs over his last six appearances, with five of those being quality starts, and four being shutouts. 

Royals Betting Preview

Kansas City moved to 14-35 after losing to Detroit. The Royals have now dropped four straight, and they head into what now looks like it could be a bullpen day. The Kansas City offense is scoring 3.35 runs per game, while batting .240, with a .302 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 5.45 ERA, with a 1.44 WHIP. Salvador Perez continues to be one of the best catchers in baseball, and after homering in two of the last three games, he leads KC in batting (.279), homers (11) and RBI (27). Vinnie Pasquantino homered in the series opener versus Detroit, and he’s second on the team in both HR (9) and RBI (23). 

Kansas City has yet to name a starter for game two’s contest.

Detroit vs Kansas City Trends

Detroit is 24-20 against the spread this season, with a 22-21-1 O/U record. Kansas City is 17-31 ATS this year, with a 21-25-2  over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

I’m all in on Detroit here with Eduardo Rodriguez set to take the mound. What the left-hander has been able to do this season has been game-changing for one of the more undermanned teams in the league. Rodriguez’ pitching has won them ball games this season, and it should keep them afloat here in KC. This feels like a spot we can back Detroit in, and double down with the Over, as there were fireworks in game one.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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