Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 4/17/2022

by | Apr 17, 2022

The Kansas City Royals (3-5) are set to take on the Detroit Tigers (4-5) Sunday at 2:10 PM ET. The Royals are listed as -124 favorites by bookmakers, while the underdog Tigers have +104 odds for the contest. Carlos Hernandez will get the ball for Kansas City while Detroit counter with Tyler Alexander.

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers: Predictions, Betting Odds, Spread, Line

Royals vs Tigers Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds
Royals -124 +104 8 -110 -110 -1.5 +158 -187

Computer Predictions for Royals vs. Tigers

Our computer pick: Detroit Tigers (+104) and Over (8)

Royals vs. Tigers Game Info

  • Kansas City Royals probable starting pitcher: Carlos Hernández
  • Detroit Tigers probable starting pitcher: Tyler Alexander
  • Game Day: Sunday, April 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:10 PM ET
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Stadium: Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers Pitching Matchup

Hernández Alexander
1 GS 1
0-0 W-L 0-0
8.31 ERA 5.06
4.1 IP 5.1
2 BB 0
1 SO 4

Royals Starter Carlos Hernández

  • Hernandez (0-0) takes the mound for the Royals to make his second start of the season.
  • His last appearance came on Monday against the Cleveland Guardians, when the right-hander threw 4 1/3 innings, surrendering four earned runs while giving up six hits.
  • In one appearances this season, he has put up an 8.31 ERA and averages 2.1 strikeouts per nine innings while opposing batters are hitting .333 against him.
  • The opposing Tigers offense has a collective .201 batting average, and is 20th in the league with 57 total hits and 22nd in MLB play with 28 runs scored. It has the 26th-ranked slugging percentage (.318) and ranks 22nd in home runs (six) in all of MLB.

Tigers Starter Tyler Alexander

  • Alexander will take to the mound for the Tigers, his second start of the season.
  • The left-hander last pitched on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox, throwing 5 1/3 innings and giving up three earned runs.
  • He has pitched in one games this season with an ERA of 5.06, a batting average against of .263 and 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • The Royals rank 23rd in MLB with 25 runs scored this season. They have a .211 batting average this campaign with five home runs (27th in the league).

Royals Betting Picks & Insights

  • This season, the Royals have won two out of the five games in which they’ve been favored.
  • Kansas City has a record of 1-2 in games where bookmakers favor them by at least -124 on the moneyline.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Royals have a 55.4% chance to win.
  • Kansas City and its opponents have gone over the total this season in three of their eight opportunities.
  • The Royals are 3-5-0 against the spread in their eight chances this season.

Tigers Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Tigers were chosen as underdogs in 138 games last year and walked away with the win 64 times (46.4%) in those games.
  • Detroit had a mark of 58-64 in contests where sportsbooks set them as +104 or longer on the moneyline.
  • The Tigers have an implied victory probability of 49% according to the moneyline set for this matchup.
  • Contests with Detroit went over the total set by bookmakers in 66 of 160 chances last season.
  • The Tigers had an against the spread mark of 70-48-0 in 118 games with a line last season.

Royals Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Andrew Benintendi is the Royals best hitter, putting together an average of .357 while also being the team’s top run producer, delivering four RBI and launching one round-trippers.
  • Among all hitters in the majors, Benintendi ranks 55th in homers and 66th in RBI.
  • Hunter Dozier is batting .333 with a double, a triple and a home run.
  • Dozier ranks 55th in home runs in the majors, and 99th in RBI.
  • Nicky Lopez is batting .348 with a double.
  • Lopez is on a five-game hitting streak entering this contest. In his last five games he is batting .294 with an RBI.
  • Michael A. Taylor has a home run and three walks while hitting .217.
Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Andrew Benintendi 8 .357 .438 .464 1 4 10
Hunter Dozier 7 .333 .357 .556 1 3 9
Nicky Lopez 8 .348 .375 .391 0 2 8
Michael A. Taylor 8 .217 .308 .348 1 3 5
Salvador Pérez 8 .188 .212 .406 2 4 6

Tigers Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Austin Meadows plated 106 runs last season, while batting .234.
  • Robbie Grossman had 23 doubles, three triples, 23 home runs and 98 walks while hitting .239.
  • Jonathan Schoop accumulated 173 hits with a batting average of .278 last season.
  • Jeimer Candelario had 42 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 65 walks while batting .271.
Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Spencer Torkelson 9 .240 .387 .520 2 5 6
Austin Meadows 7 .417 .517 .500 0 2 10
Miguel Cabrera 9 .276 .333 .345 0 3 8
Eric Haase 8 .190 .261 .381 1 2 4
Jonathan Schoop 9 .143 .167 .286 1 3 5

Betting Tips for Royals vs. Tigers

We have the Tigers on the moneyline at +104 on the moneyline as our best bet in this contest after taking a look at all of the key trends and stats for this matchup. Our computer prediction sees the scoring going over the total of 8 runs.

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