Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals 5/21/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals 5/21/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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Kauffman Field will play host to a three-game series opener between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals on Friday.  Detroit is coming off a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, sweeping Seattle in its three-game series.  The Tigers are now 17-26 and are fourth-place in the American League Central Division, 9 ½ games behind first-place White Sox.

Leading Detroit is third baseman Jeimer Candelario hitting .288 and a team-high 44 hits.  Catcher Wilson Ramos leads the team with six home runs.  Left-fielder Robbie Grossman leads with 18 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .377.  For the starting role on Friday, Detroit is sending Jose Urena to the mound.  The right-hander is 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season.  In his 42.2 innings of work so far, Urena has 43 hits, 20 earned runs, two home runs, and 19 walks.  This will be Urena’s first career start against the Royals.

  • Detroit is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games against Kansas City.
  • Detroit is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Kansas City.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games against a rival in the AL.

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Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Predictions 5/21/2021

Kansas City is coming off a double-header win over the Milwaukee Brewers after a 2-0 win on Tuesday and a 6-4 victory on Wednesday.  This means the Royals have won two straight and three in their last four games.  The Royals are now 20-22, placing third in the AL Central Division, six games behind the White Sox.

Catcher Salvador Perez leads Kansas City hitting .274, team-high 9 home runs, 27 RBIs, and 45 hits.  Carlos Santana leads the team with a .402 on-base percentage.  As a team, Kansas City has hit 39 home runs in its first 42 games.  Mike Minor will be sent to the mound to start for  Kansas City on Friday.  The left-hander is 3-2 with an ERA of 5.02 and 44 strikeouts.  In his 43.0 innings of work, Minor has 34 hits, 24 earned runs, allowed seven home runs, and 17 walks.  

  • Kansas City is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home.
  • Kansas City is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Detroit.
  • The total went UNDER in 9 of Kansas City’s last 10 games against Detroit.

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Kansas City Royals.  The Tigers have been struggling on the road after losing 69 of its last 98 away games.  Against left-hand pitchers, the Tigers lost five of their last seven games.  Detroit has a team batting average of .244 and a team ERA of 4.66 which are 26th and 25th respectively in MLB.  On the other hand, the Royals have won 11 of their last 15 games at home against Detroit.  The solid choice here is UNDER.  Taking the game is the Kansas City Royals.  Final Score Prediction is 5-1.  

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Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals 5/21/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:10 PM ET

Location: Kauffman Field, Kansas City

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021

TV: FSKC

MLB Odds: Kansas City Royals -155

MLB Totals: 8.5

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