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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers prediction and best bet by handicapper Jason Radowitz for Friday's game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Will either offense get rolling today?
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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Prediction: Will Both Offenses Stay Silent?

It's been a quiet start to the season for the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. Both offenses aren't having the best of times right now. However, both of these teams are built on young pitching that should eventually improve as the season progresses.

Could tonight's game go under the total with Tarik Skubal and Brad Keller on the mound? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Friday's game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals.

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Royals vs. Tigers Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: April 15, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BSKC/BSDET

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Royals vs. Tigers Injury Report

Tigers

Questionable: OF Robbie Grossman (Groin), SS Javier Baez (Thumb)

Out: OF Riley Greene (Foot)

Royals

None of Importance

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Royals vs. Tigers Total Runs Movement

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Prediction

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are both under .500 to start the season. That was pretty much expected. Both teams are extremely young with a ton of talent that is still trying to get accustomed to the big leagues.

The Tigers started the season with rookie and top prospect Spencer Torkelson at first base while the Royals elected to start their top prospect and rookie Bobby Witt Jr. at third base to start the season. All of that is great until you realize that these rookies aren't magicians and will have growing pains along the way. Especially early on in the season.

Neither one of these teams has hit the ball all that well.

The Tigers will send out Tarik Skubal, who is a left-hander that has had some real success dating back to last year. The left-handed rookie has struck out 25.5% of batters and has limited walks to 7.3% since his rookie debut. Skubal is getting hit a bit by righties dating back to last season, however, with a .340 wOBA and ISO of .262. Still, he's improving and is someone to pay attention to as the season progresses.

The Royals lineup, on the other hand, has a .157 ISO and wOBA of .321 agaisnt lefties dating back to last season. This, despite seven batters batting from the right-handed side. The Royals also walk just 6.4% of the time and hit grounders over 46% of the time with the projected lineup.

On the other hand, Brad Keller will take the mound after throwing a scoreless first outing to start the season. Keller gets low strikeouts and high walks but ultimately gets a whole lot of ground balls to help him get out of jams. He might walk a guy and then get a double-play ball. That's the kind of pitcher Keller is.

Keller allows a high wOBA to both sides but really limits power. That's helped him tremendously throughout the last season.

The Tigers have an ISO of .165 against righties like Keller and a .307 wOBA. That, along with 26.7% strikeouts and 9.1% walks against righties. Other than Austin Meadows and Akeel Baddoo, there's not much to like in this batting order for the Tigers.

I'll grab the under 4.5 in the first five innings in this one.

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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