Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals MLB Pick – July 12

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball action throughout July 12. Sixteen games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals. These two teams have been struggling this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will start at around 8:10 PM Eastern time.

Detroit has posted a record of 36-51 throughout the season, which has them in fourth place of the AL Central. The Tigers have lost four games in a row, but have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games. Detroit is nine games back on a wild card spot and will look to move up with a win. The Tigers will look for the fast start on the road on Tuesday night.

The Royals have put up a record of 34-52 so far on the season, which has them in last place of the AL Central. Kansas City has won three games in a row and have gone 6-4 as well in their last 10. The Royals are ten and a half games back on a wild card spot. Kansas City will look to build on their winning streak with another victory at home.

These two teams are sitting far out of the playoff picture as we near the All-Star break, but will look for a win in this one. The Tigers have lost their last four games, but have been solid in the last couple of weeks overall. Kansas City will look to remain hot with another win in this series. If either team can get the early lead, it could be enough to earn the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Detroit Tigers +1 ½ (-185) +105 Over 8 ½ (-120)
Kansas City Royals -1 ½ (+160) -125 Under 8 ½ (+100)
Team Data Detroit Tigers Kansas City Royals
Overall Record 36-51 34-52
Away/ Home Record 13-27 18-26
Batting Average .229 .243
Batting Average Away/ Home .213 .248
ERA 4.03 4.88
ERA Away/ Home 4.15 4.67

Betting Trends

Detroit Tigers

  • 7-6 in July games
  • 4-10 when playing on Tuesday
  • 18-20 against divisional opponents
  • 16-26 in night games
  • 10-15 against left handed starters
  • 18-33 after a loss
  • 7-10 after three or more straight losses
  • 20-22 against team with a losing record

Kansas City Royals

  • 7-5 in July
  • 5-9 when playing on a Tuesday
  • 17-19 against division rivals
  • 19-28 against right handers
  • 11-20 after a win
  • 0-3 after three or more straight wins
  • 18-25 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up eight times throughout the season. Detroit took two of the first three game set, but the Royals were able to win two of the next three in their home ballpark. Vinnie Pasquantino had two RBI’s in the first half of Monday’s double header as Kansas City won 3-1. Bobby Witt Jr. had three RBI’s in the second half as the Royals earned a 7-3 win.

Offense

The Tigers have struggled a bit at the plate so far on the season. Detroit has a batting average of .229, which is 27th in the league. The Tigers have posted a .287 on base percentage, which is 29th in the MLB. Detroit has earned an OPS of .622, which is also 29th in the league. The Tigers have hit .268 against left handers.

Kansas City has been a bit better hitting the ball throughout this season. The Royals have a .243 batting average, which is 15th in the league. Kansas City has earned an OBP of .309, which is 20th in the MLB. The Royals have put up a .687 OPS, which is 23rd in the league. Kansas City has a BA of .242 against righties this season.

Both teams have struggled a bit hitting the ball so far on the season. The Royals have been a bit better at the plate and will look to step up early. Before this losing streak, Detroit had their bats going strong. Kansas City dominated at the plate on Monday night and will look to keep it going. If either team can get some early hits, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

Beau Brieske will likely get the start at pitcher for Detroit on Tuesday night. Brieske has started in 14 games this season, going 2-6 in those matchups. He has posted a 4.16 ERA and a WHIP of 1.216 in those outings. Brieske’s last start was against the Chicago White Sox. He held the opposing teams to two hits and no runs through six and a third innings in the win.

I expect Kris Bubic will get the nod on the mound for the Royals in this one. Bubic has earned a record of 1-6 throughout his 13 appearances this season. He has put up an ERA of 6.84 and a 1.870 WHIP in those games. Bubic pitched five and a third innings in his last start against the Houston Astros. He gave up four hits and three runs in the losing effort.

These two pitchers have had their struggles this season, but will look for the win in this one. Bubic will look to bounce back after his last loss, while Brieske will look to build on his last win. Detroit has the edge in the bullpen in this one. The Tigers relievers have a 3.05 ERA, which is 3rd in the league. Kansas City’s bullpen has a combined ERA of 4.65, which is 27th in the MLB.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been struggling a bit on the season, but will look for a big win in this one. Kansas City won the last two games of the series on Monday and will look to remain hot. The Tigers have the edge on the mound and will look for their bats to get going early as well. If Detroit can get the early lead, I think they can earn the win.

Bovada has the Royals listed as a -125 against the money line in this one. This implies that Kansas City will win this game around 55.6 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams playing well as of late. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Tigers to earn the win.

The Bet
Detroit Tigers
+105
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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