In today’s MLB betting guide, the Cleveland Guardians look to build off of their win against the Kansas City Royals, while the Detroit Tigers attempt to start a new win streak vs the Chicago White Sox.
Kansas City Royals (+100) vs Cleveland Guardians (-120)
The Guardians snapped their six-game losing streak in a dominating win against the Royals. That should give them the confidence to do it again today as they are clearly the better team. The Guardians are just 21-24 on the road but the Royals are even worse with a record of 15-26 and shouldn’t get too much help from their pitching.
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On the mound for the Royals is Zack Greinke who allowed six earned runs in five innings in his last start. In three of his last five starts, he’s allowed five or more runs, but in the other two, he’s gone six innings in each and allowed just one run. He has been inconsistent at best and the lack of strikeouts and number of home runs allowed will contribute to worse starts. As for the Guardians, they have Zach Plesac on the mound and he’s allowed three runs in his past four starts combined (24 innings). He’s very consistent in that he will pitch above average and give Cleveland six innings of work. Look for the Guardians to win two in a row, so take them and the under (U8.5, +100) since the batting for each team isn’t the best.
Chicago White Sox (-190) vs Detroit Tigers (+155)
After winning six games in a row, the Tigers finally lost, and in convincing fashion to the White Sox in yesterday’s game. The Tigers have a strong chance to bounce back and start a new win streak as Chicago’s starter has struggled a bit lately while Detroit’s has pitched pretty well. Neither team has been particularly good on the road or at home and is pretty close in the standings.
Now we’ll get to why the White Sox’s starter Michael Kopech has been struggling lately. He has a 3.34 ERA (earned run average) and 1.13 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched) which is good but has allowed 16 runs in his past four starts (21 innings). There have been 11 walks and seven home runs against him during that span as well and no sign of things getting better immediately. The Tigers have taken Drew Hutchison out of the bullpen to start and he’s had three so far. He has improved and is starting to build his arm to go longer into games. He isn’t a great option, but better than how Kopech has pitched for the White Sox. And while Hutchison may not be able to go very deep, the bullpen has done very well. Take the Tigers to bounce back with good value as the underdog and the over to hit (O9, -105).
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