Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/24/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Tigers (+115) Royals (-125)
Jorge Bonifacio and the Detroit Tigers (22-31, 4th in AL Central) go to Kauffman Stadium on Thursday where they'll meet the Kansas City Royals (22-33, 5th in AL Central). The Tigers open this game at +115 while the Royals are coming in at -125. The O/U is set at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Michael Fulmer and Kris Bubic.
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
9/22/2020 Jonathan Schoop 2B Wrist Out for the season
9/21/2020 Troy Stokes LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/11/2020 JaCoby Jones CF Hand Out for the season
9/9/2020 Ivan Nova SP Triceps Out for the season
8/27/2020 Alex Faedo SP Forearm Out for the season
8/19/2020 Dario Agrazal SP Forearm Out for the season
8/19/2020 C.J 1B Knee Out for the season
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
9/23/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/22/2020 Kyle Zimmer RP Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/21/2020 Glenn Sparkman RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/16/2020 Matt Harvey SP Lat Out for the season
9/2/2020 Ian Kennedy RP Calf Out for the season
8/16/2020 Daniel Tillo RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2020 Foster Griffin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Tigers have a 22-31 overall record this season. Fulmer (24-33 career mark) has a FIP of 4.14 while facing 2,003 hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.04 (216 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.231. He has conceded 452 base knocks (8.5 hits per nine innings) with 140 free passes. Fulmer has thrown 481 frames and is sitting with 376 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.10 and they have given up 235 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen and they've struck out 212 hitters and walked 81 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.66. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 473 base hits and 284 earned runs. They have allowed 83 home runs this season, ranking them 3rd in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 178 batters and struck out 410. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 5.15.
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As a team Detroit is hitting .242, good for 17th in the league. The Tigers hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Jorge Bonifacio is hitting .232 with an on-base percentage of .281. He has 19 hits this season in 82 at bats with 17 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .341 and an OPS+ of 69. Niko Goodrum is hitting .180 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .259. He has totaled 25 hits and he has driven in 19 men in 139 at bats. His OPS+ is 64 while his slugging percentage is at .345. The Tigers have 417 hits, including 74 doubles and 58 home runs. Detroit has walked 138 times so far this season and they have struck out 517 times as a unit. They have left 305 men on base and have a team OPS of .704. They score 4.32 runs per contest and have scored a total of 229 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 22-33 overall mark this year. Bubic (1-6 record) is the owner of a 3.99 earned run average while giving up 8.8 hits per nine innings. His SO/W ratio is 2.32 and he has faced 198 opposing hitters in his career. Bubic has surrendered 44 base knocks and he has 44 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched. He has allowed 20 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.397 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 208 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 249 batters and walked 102 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.4. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 456 base knocks and 231 earned runs this season. They have given up 74 home runs this year, which ranks 12th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 201 hitters and struck out 468 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.69.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 18th in the league. The Royals hold a .391 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .284 with an OBP of .331. He has 64 hits this year along with 30 RBI in 225 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .453 with an OPS+ of 112. Salvador Perez is hitting .346 this season and he has an OBP of .363. He has collected 45 hits in 130 at bats while driving in 24 runs. He has an OPS+ of 161 and a slugging percentage of .615. The Royals as a unit have 441 base hits, including 87 doubles and 59 homers. Kansas City has walked 157 times this year and they have struck out on 491 occasions. They have had 364 men left on base and have an OPS of .697. They have scored 3.98 runs per game and totaled 219 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Royals (-125) and over 9.5 runs
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