Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals 7/17/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Detroit Tigers (41-51) at Kansas City Royals (27-67)

Game Info: Monday, July 17th, 2023 at  8:10 p.m. EST ( Kauffman Stadium)

Betting Odds: Tigers (-125) - Over/Under (9)

Pick: Tigers ML (-125)

Monday night brings a wave of brand new series against brand new opponents and it takes us to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri for the opening game of a series between these two American League Central division opponents. As the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals. It may not look like it at the moment, but this could turn into a pivotal series for the title race in the American League Central division. 

The Detroit Tigers have had an underwhelming season up until this point in the year. They are coming off of a successful series against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend, where they took two out of three games from Seattle. They will look to carry that momentum over into the second leg of their road trip as they head back to the Midwest to play the Kansas City Royals. They currently sit in third place in the American League Central division, and despite being ten games below .500 with a record of 41-51, they are still very much in the division title race thanks to the relative weakness of the American League Central division. 

They have picked up five victories in their last 10 games of the season, but they are coming into this one after losing their game on Sunday afternoon to the Seattle Mariners. Matt Manning is expected to take the mound for the Detroit Tigers in this game and he is having a solid season up until this point of the year. He has picked up three victories on the season and he will be looking to pick up his fourth victory of the year against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium. He has made five appearances this season, averaging around four strikeouts and nearly six innings per appearance when he takes the mound.

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It has been a rough season for the Kansas City Royals, and it likely isn’t going to get much better for them as the year progresses. They are on pace to lose over 100 games and unless something changes quickly. They are destined to have triple-digit losses at the end of the year. The Kansas City Royals are at a clear disadvantage in the pitching matchup in this game as they are sending Jordan Lyles to the mound on Monday night. He has been their worst starting pitcher this season, and he is arguably the worst starting pitcher in all of Major League Baseball this season as well. He has one victory and 11 losses on his record Kansas City is nearly guaranteed to lose every time he takes the mound.

They come into this game on a one-game winning streak after grabbing a victory in the finale of their series over the weekend. However, they have lost eight out of their last 10 games on the season and they are 21 games out of first place in the worst division in all of Major League Baseball. They have only picked up 27 victories in their first 94 games of the season, and the only team worse than them is the Oakland Athletics. It is not going to get much better for Kansas City as I expect them to get obliterated in the opening game of the series on Monday with Jordan Lyles taking the mound for them.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Detroit is 4-2 against Kansas City this season 

- Detroit is 15-11 against the American League Central

- Kansas City is 11-22 as a home underdog

This is an easy pick for Monday night as the Detroit Tigers should grab a comfortable victory to open up the series with the Kansas City Royals. Lyles has made 17 starts this season and he has given three or more runs in 14 of those 17 starts on the year. So the Detroit offense should have no problem putting some runs on the board against Jordan Lyles when they head to Kauffman Stadium on Monday night.

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