Royals vs Tigers Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/20

Royals vs Tigers Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/20

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

Get ready for an exciting matchup as the Detroit Tigers face off against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Despite the Royals' strong home record, the Tigers have a solid chance to secure a win thanks to Reese Olson's phenomenal pitching.


Game Overview:

  • Date: May 20, 2024
  • Time: 4:40 PM
  • Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Coverage: FS1
  • Line: KC -120
  • Over/Under: 8.5


Team Breakdown:

Detroit Tigers:

The Tigers come into this game with a 23-23 record, including a decent 13-10 on the road. They are looking to leverage their recent momentum and capitalize on Reese Olson's impressive pitching.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Riley Greene (9 HR)
  • Batting Average: Riley Greene (.249 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Kerry Carpenter (23 RBI)

Reese Olson will start for the Tigers. Despite his 0-4 record, Olson boasts a stellar 2.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 47.1 innings. His performance on the mound has been consistently strong, making this a prime opportunity for the Tigers to secure their first win behind him.

Kansas City Royals:

The Royals have had a solid season with a 29-19 record, including an 18-8 record at home. However, they face a challenging opponent in the Tigers, especially with Olson's pitching.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Salvador Perez (8 HR)
  • Batting Average: Salvador Perez (.337 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Salvador Perez (37 RBI)

Michael Wacha will be on the mound for the Royals. He has a 3-4 record with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 49.2 innings. While capable, Wacha has been inconsistent, which could be a point of vulnerability for the Royals.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
DET (23-23) EVEN o8.5 (-120) -1.5 (+165)
KC (29-19) -120 u8.5 (+105) +1.5 (-200)



In this matchup, we predict that the Detroit Tigers will come out on top. Here's why:

Reese Olson has been pitching phenomenally this season, with a 2.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. His consistent performance on the mound gives the Tigers a significant edge, especially against the Royals' starter Michael Wacha, who has struggled with consistency.

The Tigers also have the momentum from their recent games and a decent road record, which enhances their chances of securing a win. Olson's stellar pitching presents an excellent opportunity for the Tigers to notch their first win of the season behind him.

Pick: Detroit Tigers Moneyline (EVEN)

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