Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers 9/21/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, September 21, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Francisco Liriano
The Kansas City Royals visit Comerica Park on Friday, September 21, 2018 to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Francisco Liriano for the Tigers.
The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -101 and Detroit at -119. The Royals have a 66-76-10 over/under record and a 72-80-0 run line mark. The Tigers are 77-75-0 against the run line and have a 64-80-8 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 66-76-10 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 72-80-0 against the run line
Important Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 64-80-8 against the over/under
The Detroit Tigers are 77-75-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
09/05/18 P Danny Duffy Shoulder is out for season
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 60-day DL (06/16)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
09/16/18 P Michael Fulmer Knee left last game, is questionable for next scheduled start
09/13/18 RF Niko Goodrum Quad is out indefinitely
08/31/18 SS Jose Iglesias Abdominal 60-day DL (08/30)
08/15/18 P Artie Lewicki Elbow 60-day DL (08/14)
08/09/18 1B John Hicks Groin 60-day DL (08/07)
06/14/18 1B Miguel Cabrera Biceps is out for season
05/31/18 P Ryan Carpenter Oblique 10-day DL (05/31)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 52-100 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 2-8 record with an earned run average of 4.73 and a WHIP of 1.42 this season. He has 97 strikeouts over his 106.2 innings pitched and he's given up 112 hits. He's allowed 9.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.65. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.08 and they have given up 545 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the bullpen and they've struck out 411 hitters and walked 232 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.01. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 1,446 base hits and 747 earned runs. They have allowed 194 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 521 batters and struck out 1,091. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.47 and their FIP as a unit is 4.68.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .245, good for 18th in the league. The Royals hold a .389 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Whit Merrifield is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .365. He has 177 hits this season in 589 at bats with 57 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .433 and an OPS+ of 120. Salvador Perez is hitting .234 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .271. He has totaled 111 hits and he has driven in 76 men in 475 at bats. His OPS+ is 92 while his slugging percentage is at .442. The Royals have 1,261 hits, including 267 doubles and 142 home runs. Kansas City has walked 406 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,230 times as a unit. They have left 998 men on base and have a team OPS of .695. They score 3.89 runs per contest and have scored a total of 591 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Detroit has a 61-91 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.54, Francisco Liriano has a 5-10 record and a 1.50 WHIP. He has 101 strikeouts over the 125 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 118 hits. He's allowing 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.29. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have given up 532 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the Tigers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 472 batters and walked 209 opposing hitters. As a team, Detroit allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.52. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,320 base knocks and 673 earned runs this season. They have given up 199 home runs this year, which ranks 4th in Major League Baseball. Detroit as a staff has walked 462 hitters and struck out 1,132 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.56.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 22nd in the league. The Tigers hold a .380 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Nick Castellanos comes into this matchup batting .297 with an OBP of .354. He has 173 hits this year along with 82 RBI in 582 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .491 with an OPS+ of 129. Victor Martinez is hitting .247 this season and he has an OBP of .295. He has collected 113 hits in 457 at bats while driving in 53 runs. He has an OPS+ of 76 and a slugging percentage of .348. The Tigers as a unit have 1,242 base hits, including 273 doubles and 128 homers. Detroit has walked 397 times this year and they have struck out on 1,263 occasions. They have had 997 men left on base and have an OPS of .680. They have scored 3.87 runs per game and totaled 588 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Tigers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers -119
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