Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Prediction MLB Picks 5/20/24

Kansas City Royals (29-19) vs Detroit Tigers (23-23)

Game Info: Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:40 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Michael Wacha (3-4) (4.71) vs Reese Olson (0-4) (2.09)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals -120 / Detroit Tigers +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals prediction for this MLB game on Monday, May 20th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. To formulate this prediction for game one in the series, we will examine:

  • The Tigers recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Royals recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Detroit
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Kansas City
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Detroit and Kansas City
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Detroit and Kansas City

Detroit’s Offense is Back?

The Detroit Tigers are 23-23 this season and they have lost three of their last five games. Detroit is coming off of a series win against Arizona, where they won two out of three games and scored 25 runs. Prior to that series, the Tigers lost two out of three against Miami, lost two out of three against Houston, and lost two out of three against Cleveland. Detroit has lost 10 of their last 15 games and they are fourth in the AL Central behind the Guardians, Royals, and Twins. 

The Detroit pitching staff has a 3.29 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a .225 opponent batting average. The Tigers offense has scored 193 runs with a .234 batting average and a .304 on base percentage. Riley Greene is batting .249 with nine home runs and 20 RBI’s for the Tigers this season. Detroit has been very inconsistent with their offense this season, but they have scored at least four runs in five of their last eight games. 

Royals Battling in the AL Central 

The Kansas City Royals are 29-19 this year and they have won four of their last five games. Kansas City is coming off of a series win against Oakland, where they won all three games by scores of 6-2, 5-3, and 8-4. Prior to that series, the Royals lost two out of three against Seattle, won three out of four against the Angels, and won two out of three against the Brewers. Kansas City is 8-3 in their last 11 games and they are second in the AL Central, just 1.5 games behind Cleveland. 

The Kansas City pitching staff has a 3.43 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .239 opponent batting average. The Royals offense has scored 221 runs with a .244 batting average and a .305 on base percentage. Bobby Witt is batting .296 with five home runs and 25 RBI’s for the Royals this season. Kansas City is seventh in the MLB in runs scored and they have scored at least four runs in five of their last seven games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Detroit is Reese Olson, who is 0-4 with a 2.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 47.1 innings pitched this year. Olson has allowed a total of two earned runs in his last four starts, but the Tigers are 0-4 in those games. The projected starting pitcher for Kansas City is Michael Wacha, who is 3-4 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 49.2 innings pitched this year. Wacha has allowed three earned runs in his last two starts, but did allow 11 earned runs in the two starts prior to that. 

Why the Detroit Tigers will win

The Royals have lost each of their last six night games against the Tigers following a home win.The Tigers have won six of their last seven games as underdogs against AL Central opponents following a loss.The Tigers have covered the run line in each of their last seven games as underdogs against AL Central opponents following a loss.The Royals have failed to cover the run line in each of their last three games as favorites against the Tigers following a home win.

Total Runs Facts

Seven of the Tigers' last eight road games have gone OVER the total runs line.Five of the Royals' last six games as favorites against the Tigers have gone OVER the total runs line.The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Tigers' last six night games against AL Central opponents.The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Royals' last five home games against American League opponents.

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Prediction 

Kansas City comes into this game after dominating Oakland over the weekend, while Detroit played well in Arizona. The Tigers have had major issues with their offense this season, but they woke up in the three games in Arizona. Detroit is starting Reese Olson, who has been great for them, but they have failed to give him any run support. Kansas City is going with Michael Wacha, who has been inconsistent this year. I am going to roll the dice with the Tigers, as I really like Reese Olson, but the lack of run support does make me nervous. My Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals prediction is for the Tigers to win. 

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

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