The defending champion Kansas City Royals will host the Detroit Tigers in a battle of AL World Series hopefuls when they square off in Game 2 of a three-game set on Wednesday night. While both ball clubs have legitimate championship hopes this season, both teams also come into this contest looking to get back in the win column after suffering losses in their respective last games. Now, let’s find out who’s going to bring home the bacon in this intriguing baseball lines affair!
How To Bet The Tigers @ Royals MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Wednesday, April 20 – 7:15 PM EST
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: ESPN, FSKC
Radio: Tigers and Royals
TV Stream: WatchESPN
Probable Starters: Detroit: Jordan Zimmerman (2-0) vs KC: Ian Kennedy (2-0)
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Detroit Tigers
The Tigers (7-4, 8-3 RL) are coming off a narrow 5-4 loss against Houston on Sunday and have lost two of their last three games overall, but they look like a great wager because Jordan Zimmerman is on fire!
The veteran right-hander has yet to allow a run as a Detroit Tiger in 13.0 combined scoreless innings against the Yankees and Pirates. Zimmerman has given up just eight hits over his two starts while striking out seven and walking five. Now Zimmerman gets his first taste of the AL Central division rivalry with the Royals, a team he faced once in 2013.
Why Bet the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City (8-4, 7-5 RL) has lost two straight, but will send their own incendiary hurler to the mound tonight in Ian Kennedy.
The veteran right-hander is off to a fantastic start in allowing just one earned run over two starts spanning 13.2 innings. Kennedy has given up just seven hits while striking out seven and walking two. A former 20-game winner with Arizona in 2011, Kennedy limited Houston to one run on two hits in 7.0 innings of a 6-2 win on Thursday.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
With Kansas City going 4-1 at home so far this season and likely to bring their collective ‘A’ game, I like the Royals to get the narrow home win in this one. While the Tigers are putting up a whopping 5.27 runs per game this season compared to the Royals’ 3.58 runs per contest, it is Kansas City that has the better pitching staff and defense as they give up just 2.92 runs per game to Detroit’s 3.91 runs allowed per night.
The Royals 3-0 as a favorite this season and will move to 4-0 after this contest.
My final score prediction: Kansas City 3 Detroit 2