Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 4/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-125) Detroit (+115)
Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals (10-7, 1st in AL Central) are headed to Comerica Park on Friday where they'll meet the Detroit Tigers (7-11, 4th in AL Central). The Tigers open this game at +115 while the Royals are priced at -125. The total opens at 8. The expected starting pitchers are Mike Minor and Casey Mize.
As a team, the Kansas City Royals are compiling 4.7 runs per game, which ranks them 11th in the league. They have accounted for 79 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .312. The Royals have hit 27 doubles as a team and have knocked 17 balls out of the park. They have earned 74 RBI's and 133 base knocks over the course of the season, while their team batting average is .243. Kansas City has a slugging percentage of .404 and have struck out 139 times, while being walked on 53 occasions.
The Royals are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.68 for the season (26th in the league), and the staff has struck out 142 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 65 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.10 as a unit on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.18 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.43. Royals pitchers have surrendered 17 long balls and also 85 runs in total (22nd in the league).
The Royals have dispatched 65 relievers to the hill so far this year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 38 base runners over the course of the season with 21.1% of them crossed the plate. They have earned 6 saves on the campaign and have blown 3 out of their 9 save chances. The Royals bullpen have accumulated a save rate of 66.7% and has entered the game in 19 save situations. The relief pitchers are sitting with 10 holds for the year (11th in the league). Royals relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 23 times and also have had 23 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Royals have converted 66.6% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 1,332 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 29th in professional baseball. The Kansas City Royals have a tally of 444 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 133 assists and 15 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .975 which ranks 27th in MLB, and have accumulated 119 double plays.
Minor has taken the ball for 1,168 innings and is sitting with 1,060 K's in his MLB career. His earned run average is 4.00 (519 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.223. He has given up 1,089 base hits (8.4 hits per 9 innings) with 340 free passes. Minor (72-67 career mark) has a FIP of 4.00 and he has gone up against 4,848 hitters in the majors.
The Detroit Tigers are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .278 in addition to a team batting average of .213 on the year. They have struck out on 174 instances (7th in the league) and have recorded 121 hits. Detroit has accumulated 22 home runs on the year as well as 62 RBIs. The Tigers have a slugging percentage of .374 and they average 3.44 runs per game (28th in MLB). They have put up 20 doubles, while walking 49 times and putting up 62 runs.
The Tigers are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.406 and have a FIP of 5.12 as a staff on the year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 1.88 (143 strikeouts vs 76 walks). They come in at 19th in baseball as a staff in total hits surrendered with 138. They have surrendered 27 dingers and they relinquish 5.20 runs per 9 innings (28th in the league). The Detroit pitching staff have given up 88 runs this season while having a team ERA of 4.97 (84 earned runs conceded).
Detroit relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 34.6% out of 26 inherited base runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 9 times in high leverage situations and on 14 occasions with runners on. With 16 save situations, the Tigers have amassed 9 holds and also 2 blown saves. They rank 10th in the league holding a save rate of 66.7%, and they have sent 52 relief pitchers onto the diamond on the year. Detroit has had relievers enter the contest in 6 save opportunities and they have walked away with 4 saves.
The Detroit Tigers have twisted 13 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (13th in baseball). The Tigers have accrued 140 assists, 10 errors and have earned 458 putouts for the season. Out of their 1,374 innings on the diamond, the Tigers have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 71.7% (8th in MLB).
Mize (1-4 career record) is the owner of a 5.68 ERA and has surrendered 9.1 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.29 and he has gone up against 202 hitters during his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 28 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.398 and a FIP of 6.0. So far in his pro baseball career, Mize has conceded 45 hits while earning 39 K's in 44 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Detroit (+115)
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