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Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Betting Odds Preview and Pick

The Kansas City Royals get a visit from the Detroit Tigers in MLB baseball betting action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

For the Kansas City Royals, Danny Duffy gets the ball, charged with keeping the Detroit Tigers hitters off the base paths. He'll face Michael Fulmer, 10-6 on the year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Kansas City was a -117 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at 5Dimes pick an opening over under number of 9.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 6.6-2.9 win for the Tigers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

46-47 Kansas City battles the Tigers, currently with a 43-50 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Detroit injuries news.

The Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers odds would favor the Royals if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Kansas City is rated No. 13 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Detroit is at No. 19.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has baseball's No. 27-rated offensive output, at 8.42 hits per game. The Detroit Tigers average 8.82 hits per game, good for No. 12 on the list.

Defensively, Detroit features the No. 24-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.26 runs per game. Kansas City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 at home, scoring 3.98 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Tigers were saddled with a loss last time out in J Verlander's start, as they lost 4-3 against Kansas City on Wednesday at Royals Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
  • Detroit is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • Detroit is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Kansas City is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games
  • Kansas City is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at Minnesota, Friday, July 21st
Kansas City home to Chicago, Friday, July 21st