Detroit at Kansas City MLB Odds Analysis
On Thursday evening, the Detroit Tigers will be in Kansas City to take on the defending World Series champion. The Royals (9-4) are leading the American League East and just beat Detroit in the series opener, 8-6, on Tuesday. The Tigers (7-5) are 1 ½ games back of the Royals. The teams meet on Wednesday night before closing out their series on Thursday. Miguel Cabrera remains a dominant force at the plate with the tigers, and J.d. Find out the latest MLB online betting run lines here.
Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals MLB Odds Analysis
When: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7:15pm Eastern time
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Radio: KCSP 610 AM Kansas City
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Mike Pelfrey (0-2, 2.79 ERA) (DET) vs Edinson Volquez (2-0, 2.04 ERA) (KC)
Why should you bet on Detroit?
If there is a weak link in the Kansas City Royals’ pitching staff, it is their late inning relief pitcher Joakim Soria. He has already had several meltdowns in the early going this season, and while the Royals have been able to work out of most of those jams, it is a problem that the Tigers could take advantage of. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is hitting well in his first few weeks with the team. J.D. Martinez also carries a dangerous bat for a Detroit team that is still looking for its swagger from its lengthy run atop the division.
Why should you put your money on the Royals?
The Royals definitely have the advantage of this pitching matchup. Kansas City sends Edinson Volquez to the mound with his 2.04 ERA and 17 strikeouts in three starts. In his last outing, he threw six strong innings, permitting just two runs. The Tigers are starting Mike Pelfrey, has a 2.07 WHIP, the worst in the Detroit starting rotation at this point in the young season, so while he has potentially dominant stuff, control is an issue for him.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Royals in this one because of the strength of the pitching matchup in their favor. I’m predicting a 5-3 Kansas City win.