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2018 MLB Season
(13-16) Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals (8-22)
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 2:15 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Mike Fiers vs. Eric Skoglund
MLB Moneyline Odds: Royals -110 | Tigers +100
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Royals -1.5 (+170)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5
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Fiers took his second loss of the year, this time it came against the Baltimore Orioles. He went six innings giving up three earned off of four hits while striking out five and walking one. The damage came agains two home runs, so it really wasn’t that bad of a start.
He hasn’t dominated with strikeouts (5.87 K/9), but he has done great not giving up walks (1.57 BB/9), which has resulted in a 15:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. If he can work on his 69.7% LOB%, then he should be able to maintain his 3.91 ERA or maybe even improve it a tad.
It’s been a sub-par week for Detroit who has lost five of their last eight contests. Their lineup is slashing .252/.306/.424 to go along with 30 extra-base hits for 30 RBI during that span.
Kansas City Royals
Skoglund was able to pick up his first win and quality start of the season against the Chicago White Sox in his last start. He traveled seven innings giving up just one earned off of twos hits while striking out nine and walking one. The lone run came off a solo home run, while he only needed 88 pitches to get through seven frames.
For someone with a 6.23 ERA, his numbers don’t look anything like that would resemble that with a 7.89 K/9, 2.49 BB/9, .283 BABIP and 4.60 FIP. The problem has stemmed from stranding base runners 58.1% LOB% combined with a 1.25 HR/9. The extra damage needs to be limited if he wants to progress as a pitcher in the big leagues.
Kansas City has been in the same hole as Detroit where they have lost five of their last eight contests in the last week. During that span, their lineup is slashing .269/.340/.401 while hitting 25 extra-base hits and 29 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- DET are 11-27 in their last 38 road games.
- DET are 24-55 in their last 79 games on grass.
- DET are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings.
- KC are 3-13 in their last 16 home games.
- KC are 8-22 in their last 30 overall.
- Under is 6-1-1 in KC last 8 Thu. games.
Free Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction: Kansas City digs up some revenge against Detroit
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Both Fiers and Skoglund pitched well in their last outings and I like that to carry over against these mediocre lineups. It is hard to pick between either team, but I expect the actual total to fall under the projected total.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Royals 5 – Tigers 4
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