The Detroit Tigers will host the Kansas City Royals on Friday in the first game of a three-game set. Entering this series, the Royals hold the season series, winning nine of 16 head-to-head games. Both the Tigers and Royals had a game postponed on Wednesday and an off day on Thursday.
Detroit is 74-78 on the season, 41-36 at home, and currently third in the AL Central trailing Cleveland by half a game. The Royals are 69-83, fourth in the AL Central, and 33-44 on the road.
Perez having an MVP season for RoyalsThe Kansas City Royals last played on Tuesday and were beat 4-1 by the Cleveland Indians. Hunter Dozier drove in the only run for the Royals, giving him an RBI in three consecutive games now. On Monday, Dozier drove in three runs in the first game and another run in the second game of a doubleheader against Cleveland. The most exciting news for the Royals right now is MVP candidate Salvador Perez. On Monday, Perez hit his 46th home run of the year, trying him for the MLB lead and breaking Johnny Bench's record for home runs in a single season by a catcher. Perez also leads MLB with 115 RBI.
“I’m so proud of you for what you’ve done” - Johnny Bench to Salvador Perez.— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) September 23, 2021
This is awesome.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .248 on the season, with 159 home runs. The pitching staff has a 4.68 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Carlos Hernandez will start for Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. In 23 games and 10 starts this season, Hernandez is 6-2 with a 3.90 ERA. He is 3-0 with a 2.60 ERA on the road.
Tigers fighting for second placeAlthough they won't reach the postseason, the Tigers are fighting to get to .500 before the end of the year. Detroit enters this series on a four-game winning streak after beating the White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday.
The Detroit Tigers are batting .241 on the season, with 174 home runs. Leading Detroit with 3.3 WAR is third basemen, Jeimer Candelario, batting .275 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI. Robbie Grossman leads the team with 23 home runs, 17 stolen bases, and a .353 on-base percentage, with Jonathan Schopp holding the time lead with 78 RBI to go along with 20 homers.
We'll remember the 21st n̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ day of September! pic.twitter.com/2Ru1GoH5HI— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 21, 2021
On Friday, the Tigers will start Casey Mize, who is 7-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.14 WHIP on the season. The Tigers are trying to keep Mize's pitches down, so the 24-year old hander has not gone beyond three innings in any of his last three starts and has not reached 80 pitches in any of his previous five outings. Mize is 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in five starts against the Royals this season.
- Royals are 1-5 in their last 6 games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
- Tigers are 5-0 in their last 5 home games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
According to covers.com, the Tigers are the third-best money team in baseball, ranking one spot above the Tampa Bay Rays and only trailing the San Franciso Giants and Seattle Mariners. I have to believe Detroit will still be a bet worth making as we head into the season's final seven games. The Tigers are playing well enough to beat any team at the moment, and care about passing Cleveland for second in the AL Central; even though the playoffs are out of the picture.
Carlos Hernandez is having a good season for the Royals, but Detroit has had success against him this year. I am taking the Tigers at home on Friday.
Full-Game Total Pick
Two teams rarely enter a regular-season series after having two full days off. With the extra rest, the managers on each side can turn to any arms they like out of the bullpen. This game also features two starters who have pitched well this year in Casey Mize for Detroit and Carlos Hernandez for Kansas City. The under has cashed in 15 of the last 21 head-to-head meetings between the Tigers and Royals at Comerica Park, which is the side I will take here.