The Royals evened up the series 1-1 after winning 1-0 on Tuesday, their second head-to-head victory in five games this season. Daniel Lynch threw seven scoreless innings for the win, and Scott Barlow earned his eighth save with a scoreless ninth. Maikel Garcia was 3 for 4 with one run in the win over the Tigers.
ON THE MOUND
Brady Singer (4-6, 6.58 ERA) is in line to take the mound for Kansas City. The RHP allowed two runs over 5.1 innings in his last start, a 3-0 road defeat against the Angels on Friday. He was charged with the loss, giving up eight hits while striking out five and walking two.
Singer has made one previous start against the Tigers this season, an 8-5 home loss on May 22. He surrendered five runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings, striking out three and walking four.
Left-hander Matthew Boyd (4-5, 5.60 ERA) takes the mound for Detroit. He has made one prior start against the Royals this season, giving up one run over 4.2 innings in a 6-4 road win on May 24.
He gave up three hits and walked two while striking out six in the no-decision. In his last start on Thursday, Boyd got the win on the road against the Twins. He threw six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits, striking out eight and walking one in the 8-4 triumph.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Kansas City has averaged 3.4 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 3.7. Against left-handed pitchers like Boyd this season, the Royals have a .699 OPS.
Bobby Witt Jr. is the team’s best performer against left-handers with a .878 OPS in 74 at-bats. Detroit is averaging only 3.8 runs per game in the last five, consistent with their season average.
The Tigers have a .658 OPS against right-handers in 2023, the second lowest in MLB. With a .834 OPS over 155 at-bats, Riley Greene has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Kansas City is 10-25 away from home in 2023, scoring 3.2 runs per game while allowing 4.8 runs. Detroit has gone 16-19 at home this season, averaging 4.1 runs per game while surrendering 5.2.
Detroit is 6-4 in the last 10 games between the AL Central rivals at Comerica Park despite an average scoreline favoring Kansas City (4.1-3.9).
The Royals are fifth in the AL Central, 15 games behind the division-leading Twins. The Tigers are third in the AL Central, four games behind the Twins.
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Detroit Tigers (-130)
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