What a start to the MLB season. It has been either feast or famine when it comes to scoring runs. The Mariners and Dodgers have 73 and 72 runs scored, respectively, while the Reds have managed just 16 runs in their 8 games. The Twins are leading the AL Central with a grand total of 34 runs this season. Discussing totals is more than pillow talk, with today’s free pick going with a total in a division matchup.
Game: Kansas City Royals (2-5, RL 4-3) at Detroit Tigers (6-3, RL 6-3)
When: 1:10 PM ET, Sunday, April 7th, 2019
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Current Line: DET -102 Total: 8.5
TV Coverage: FS Kansas City, FS Detroit
Probable Pitchers: Brad Keller vs. Tyson Ross
This is the final game of a 3-game set between these AL Central rivals, with the Tigers stretching their win streak to 4 games with a 5-4 win on Thursday and a 7-4 victory yesterday.
Before the 5 runs scored on Thursday, the Tigers scored 12 runs in their first 7 games, leading to 7 UNDERs to start the season. In the other duguout, the Royals have started the season with 6 OVERs to just 1 UNDER, the lone UNDER coming in today’s starter’s first trip to the mound, a 5-3 win with a total of 8.5 on Opening Day.
Keller is a relatively unknown talent that has the goods to be a solid MLB starter for many years. The 23-year-old Snellville, Georgia native had a great rookie campaign, going 9-6 with a 3.08 ERA in 20 starts.
For the Tigers, Tyson Ross won’t be winning a Cy Young anytime soon, but he is a serviceable starter that has had success against today’s Royal lineup.
It’s currently 50 degrees (10 Celsius) in Detroit with an expected temperature around 60 at game time. I’ve been hearing a lot of players talking about the distinct advantage pitchers have over batters in the cold….I’m taking the UNDER.
MLB Free Pick: Royals vs. Tigers UNDER 8.5 RUNS
Free pick by Joe Berra