The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will resume a four-game AL Central series Saturday afternoon from Comerica Park. The Royals are playing well and will have Brady Singer on the mound. The Tigers continue to struggle and will hope Matthew Boyd can resume his outstanding pitching. The Royals opened the series with a 6-2 win on Friday night.
Singer Dazzles, Royals Lose First Series
Brady Singer will get the nod for the fourth time of the season. Singer tallied his best start of the season last time out, tossing six shutout innings against the Blue Jays, finishing with the no-decision in a game the Royals won. The young right-hander is a highly-touted prospect and has recorded a 3.77 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP accompanied by an 0-2 record in 14.1 innings on the year. Singer made three starts against the Tigers last season and was stellar, allowing just three runs in 18 innings to go with a 2-0 record.
The Royals are a rebuilding team however they are first in the AL Central due to consistent production at the plate. They lost two of three to the Rays prior to this series, marking their only series loss of the season.
Whit Merrifield is usually a big threat against the Tigers and drove in six runs along with a stellar .917 OPS against Detroit last season. The 32-year old right fielder is having another solid year, recording a .284 average with 12 RBI’s and a .807 OPS. Merrifield has cooled down recently at the plate, collecting only two hits and one RBI in his last clashes games overall.
The Royals are averaging 4.65 runs on the season, placing them 12th in the Majors. They have recorded a 4.68 team ERA, placing them 23rd overall.
Boyd Shines Again, Tigers Lose Another Series
The Tigers will have Matt Boyd take the mound for the fifth time of the season on Saturday. Boyd was terrific in his previous outing, limiting the hot A’s lineup to only two runs in 7.1 innings, leading to a tough no-decision in a game the Tigers lost by a 3-2 score. The veteran left-hander has been one of the best starters in the AL so far, registering a stifling 2.03 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP complemented by a 2-1 record in 26.2 innings of action. Boyd has struggled against the Royals in his career, posting a 7-9 record along with a poor 6.05 ERA.
The Tigers are stumbling. They lost all four games in Oakland last weekend and followed by losing two of three clashes against the Pirates this week. The pitching has been decent recently however the offense has been awful. The absence of Miguel Cabrera and Nomar Mazara is having a negative impact.
The Tigers are counting on a big season from Jeimer Candelario however he has yet to find a groove. The 27-year old third baseman has gone seven consecutive games without recording an RBI and is only hitting .254 with seven RBI’s and a .681 OPS on the season. Candelario had trouble against the Royals last season, going just 4 for 20 with a terrible .473 OPS.
Detroit is scoring an average of only 3.37 runs on the season, pegging them down at 29th overall. They enter with a 4.90 team ERA which is last.
The Kansas City Royals are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record.
- 2-5 in their last 7 road games overall.
The Detroit Tigers are:
- 4-1 in Boyd's last 5 starts on 5 days of rest.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Tigers have Matt Boyd on the mound and the ace continues to dazzle. He just limited the Athletics to only two runs on four hits in 7.1 innings and has held his opponent to two or fewer runs in three out of his four starts. I also like the fact he is pitching deep into games. Kansas City isn’t quite as effective against lefties, recording a .694 OPS against left-handed starters this season.
Furthermore, Royals’ starter Brady Singer has squandered 10 runs (six earned) in his 14.1 innings pitched. KC’s record looks good however they have only played six road games on the season.
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect this to be a very low-scoring game. Matt Boyd is pitching like a true ace and all four opponents he has faced were in the postseason in 2020, so I am confident he can contain KC. Also, the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings between these rivals entering Friday.
In addition, while I expect enough offense from Detroit to secure the victory, Brady Singer held the Tigers to just three runs in 18 innings last season. The under is also 3-0-1 in Singer’s last four starts against a team with a losing record.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Royals team total is worth a look. I am backing the Tigers because of Boyd and he should be able to limit this KC offense. The Tigers’ pitching staff has been sharp, allowing four or fewer runs in four out of their last five games overall and the bullpen has been decent recently.
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
I expect a scoreless first inning. Matt Boyd has yet to allow a single run in the opening frame in his four starts. The Royals have only tallied seven runs in the first inning this season and the Tigers only have seven as well.