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2018 MLB Season
(13-17) Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals (9-22)
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 4:15 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Jordan Zimmermann vs. Jason Hammel
MLB Moneyline Odds: Royals -124 | Tigers +120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Royals -1.5 (+150)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5
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Zimmermann was spectacular in his previous start against the Tampa Bay Rays, but unfortunately his team couldn’t provide him with run support to get the win. He went seven scoreless-innings giving up just two hits while striking out five and walking one.
He has a fantastic 9.23 K/9 and 2.05 BB/9, but his 1.71 HR/9 and 55.2% LOB% needs to be improved upon. However if it weren’t for bad luck and porous defense, his 5.81 ERA could be sitting more towards his 4.29 FIP.
Detroit has regressed back to their losing ways losing four of their last seven contests in the last week. Their lineup is slashing .241/.298/.371 to go with 21 extra-base hits and 25 RBI.
Kansas City Royals
Hammels was rocked beyond oblivion in his last start against the Boston Red Sox as he was tagged with his third loss of the season. He went 4.2 innings giving up eight earned off of eight hits while striking out two and walking three. Hammels also gave up his second and third home run of the season in this one.
It’s been a struggle to strike batters out owning a 4.66 K/9, but he has done well not giving up free bases with a 2.95 BB/9. This inability to produce swings-and-misses makes him rely on his defense and they have contributed to his porous 61.6% LOB% and inflated 4.91 ERA. His FIP sits at 4.20.
Kansas City has been playing mediocre baseball winning four of their last eight contests this past week. They may have a .500 record in the last week, but they have been hitting the best they have all season as they are slashing .288/.357/.441 to go with 27 extra-base hits and 38 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- DET are 11-28 in their last 39 road games.
- DET are 26-58 in their last 84 overall.
- DET are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings.
- KC are 3-10 in their last 13 home games.
- KC are 9-23 in their last 32 overall.
- Under is 8-3-1 in KC last 12 home games.
Free Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction: Detroit spoils Kansas City’s day with nice upset win
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Tigers +120
Aside from the home runs, Zimmermann has been pitching well and is about to face a lineup that ranks 23rd in home runs this season. Detroit has the third least amount of strikeouts, and they should find success against Hammels who can barely produce any strikeouts. I expect Detroit to create separation as this game closes out.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Tigers 5 – Royals 3
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