Brady Singer (0-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
The Detroit Tigers edged out the Kansas City Royals in a close one on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. They erased a 4-0 deficit to get the win following a shaky outing from starter Matt Boyd. Boyd was tagged with 9 hits and 4 earned runs in 5 innings of work. Everyone expected the game to continue to go south for the Tigers after the Royals got to the bullpen, but the relievers were the stars of the game at Comerica. The Tigers’ bullpen pitched 4 innings with no hits or runs allowed. They combined for a no-hitter, which is something you don’t see often from four different relievers.
The Tigers received timely hitting from Jonathan Schoop and JaCoby Jones. Jones has been the most clutch hitter for the Tigers thus far this season. The 28-year-old Oklahoman is hitting .313 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI’s. The Tigers need an unlikely hero like Jones to step up and be a difference maker. I think that’s one of the only ways the Tigers are going to find a surprising spot in the playoffs. There are going to be one or two sleeper teams that get into the postseason, and the Tigers certainly want to be one of them.
Having said that, I think the Tigers are a couple years off from competing again. In three or so years, the Tigers may not need an expanded playoff to get into the postseason. As far as 2020 is concerned, depth is an issue for the current team. They don’t have a true ace in their starting rotation, though I’d argue that Spencer Turnbull has a chance to be the top guy by the end of the season. He showcased a lot of improvements in spring and summer training, and played the part in his debut this season, with pitches reaching 95 mph. Ivan Nova? I think his time in the majors is just about expiring.
Nova is scheduled to get the starting nod for the Tigers on Thursday against the Royals. He has an opportunity to get the Tigers to 5-2 on the season. Not bad at all for a team that was projected to finish at the back of the AL Central. With that said, the White Sox, Twins, and Indians are far superior to the Tigers, so don’t get too excited. Brady Singer will get the start for the Royals. Singer is a guy the Royals are excited about and he made a difference in his debut. Head below for our free Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers pick for July 30, 2020 in MLB.
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23-year-old Brady Singer is expected to develop into a mainstay for the Kansas City Royals. They are high on the rookie and feel confident enough to give Singer work in the rotation as a 23-year-old. He is the No. 2 rated prospect in the Royals’ pipeline. When you’re that highly rated, results are supposed to follow.
Singer was effective with 7 strikeouts and 2 earned runs in 5 innings against the Cleveland Indians. That was not a particularly easy assignment for Singer on the road versus the Indians, though Singer handled it well. We had the UNDER in that one, partially because of Singer, and that worked out perfectly.
For Singer, he can’t get too confident after a successful outing against the Indians. One start doesn’t mean much, but promise is there. He should expect to see some run support versus Ivan Nova on Thursday. The Royals, as mediocre as they are offensively, have had a lot of success against Nova in the past. The current Royals roster is hitting .291 with a .311 OBP in 90 at-bats. KC has converted for 5 home runs and 16 runs in 90 at-bats against Nova.
Nova has posted ERA’s of 4.14, 4.19, and 4.72 the previous three years. He is trending in the same direction after one start in 2020. Nova conceded 3 hits and 3 earned runs in 5 innings for a 5.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP against the Reds. I would rather side with the young gun than the over the hill veteran in this spot. Give me the Royals to respond with a better performance after throwing away a 4-0 lead last night.