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Tigers at Royals Predictions and Preview for 5/21/2021

The Detroit Tigers visit the Kansas City Royals on 5/21/2021 at 8:10PM.

The Tigers and the Royals face off in an regular season game. The Tigers have a record of 17-17 this season. The Royals are 20-22 this season.

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Detroit Tigers

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Jose Urena is 1-4 this season with an ERA of 4.22 in 42.2 innings pitched across 8 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.45 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.257. Jose Urena’s pitching repetoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 94.4 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 85.8 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 90.6 mph.

Jose Urena has shown a penchant for forcing hitters to hit ground balls. In fact, 56.3% of balls in play were on the ground. Does this mean he is attracting soft contact though? This ground ball pitcher has attracted the following types of contact velocities:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 10.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 48.9%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 40.7%

Eric Haase

Eric Haase has hit 2 Home Runs, drove in 3 runs, and sports a .304 batting average this season. He also has scored 3 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He is considered a very good hitter according to OPS. .986 is his OPS this season, can it go higher?He is considered one of the top power hitters this season.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 0.0%. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 29.2%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Eric Haase put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 37.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 37.5%
  • Line Drive Rate: 25.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 37.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 50.0%


Robbie Grossman

Robbie Grossman has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 18 runs, and sports a .243 batting average this season. He also has scored 21 runs this season and stolen 7 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

His ability to draw walks is quite good. He is a selective hitter sporting a 16.4% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 23.0% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Robbie Grossman put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 32.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 46.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 52.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.6%


Jeimer Candelario

Jeimer Candelario has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 15 runs, and sports a .288 batting average this season. He also has scored 21 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.9% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 24.6% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jeimer Candelario put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 34.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.7%
  • Line Drive Rate: 27.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 22.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 52.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 25.2%


Niko Goodrum

Niko Goodrum has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 10 runs, and sports a .220 batting average this season. He also has scored 19 runs this season and stolen 7 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 11.1% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 38.5%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Niko Goodrum put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 30.3%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 42.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 27.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 9.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 36.4%


Jake Rogers

Jake Rogers has hit 1 Home Runs, drove in 3 runs, and sports a .250 batting average this season. He also has scored 1 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 0.0%. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 31.3%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jake Rogers put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 36.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 27.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 18.2%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 45.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 36.4%


Wilson Ramos

Wilson Ramos has hit 6 Home Runs, drove in 12 runs, and sports a .202 batting average this season. He also has scored 11 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 4.3% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 22.4% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Wilson Ramos put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 50.6%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 28.9%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.5%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 37.3%


Jonathan Schoop

Jonathan Schoop has hit 3 Home Runs, drove in 14 runs, and sports a .216 batting average this season. He also has scored 14 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

A below-average OPS of .569 has been disappointing thus far for Jonathan Schoop. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 5.7% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 25.8%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jonathan Schoop put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 56.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 30.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 13.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 26.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 49.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 23.9%


Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera has hit 2 Home Runs, drove in 11 runs, and sports a .184 batting average this season. He also has scored 5 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

A below-average OPS of .528 has been disappointing thus far for Miguel Cabrera. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.9% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 25.5%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Miguel Cabrera put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 52.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 31.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 15.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 18.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 55.7%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 25.7%


JaCoby Jones

JaCoby Jones has hit 2 Home Runs, drove in 9 runs, and sports a .172 batting average this season. He also has scored 9 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

A below-average OPS of .464 has been disappointing thus far for JaCoby Jones. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 4.1% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 40.2%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls JaCoby Jones put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 27.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 27.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 5.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 72.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 22.2%


Jose Urena

Jose Urena has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 0 runs, and sports a .000 batting average this season. He also has scored 0 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

These struggles make him very replaceable in the lineup. His OPS is .000. He would not be classified as a power hitter this season.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 0.0%. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. He is one of laggards in MLB at On-Base Percentage with a .000 OBP.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jose Urena put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 0.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%


Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Kansas City Royals

Mike Minor is 3-2 this season with an ERA of 5.02 in 43.0 innings pitched across 8 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.19 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.211. Mike Minor’s pitching repetoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 91.3 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 86.1 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 80.6 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 85.1 mph.

Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Mike Minor has attracted this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 36.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 45.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 17.9%

He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 56.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 28.2%

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana has hit 8 Home Runs, drove in 26 runs, and sports a .250 batting average this season. He also has scored 26 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is very well known for his ability to draw walks with a 19.6% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 14.5% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. Getting on base is not an issue for Carlos Santana this season.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Carlos Santana put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 43.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.1%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 24.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 40.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.3%


Kelvin Gutierrez

Kelvin Gutierrez has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 0 runs, and sports a .400 batting average this season. He also has scored 1 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He would not be classified as a power hitter this season.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 0.0%. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. Getting on base is not an issue for Kelvin Gutierrez this season.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Kelvin Gutierrez put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 71.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 14.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 14.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 28.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 57.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 14.3%


Salvador Perez

Salvador Perez has hit 9 Home Runs, drove in 27 runs, and sports a .274 batting average this season. He also has scored 19 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 2.9% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 24.9% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Salvador Perez put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 40.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 34.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 25.4%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 37.7%


Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi has hit 3 Home Runs, drove in 12 runs, and sports a .274 batting average this season. He also has scored 19 runs this season and stolen 5 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.7% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 19.3% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Andrew Benintendi put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 43.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 31.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 25.4%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 60.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 27.6%


Whit Merrifield

Whit Merrifield has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 24 runs, and sports a .250 batting average this season. He also has scored 25 runs this season and stolen 12 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.2% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 10.9% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Whit Merrifield put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.6%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 10.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 60.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.7%


Michael A. Taylor

Michael A. Taylor has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 13 runs, and sports a .248 batting average this season. He also has scored 15 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 7.4% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 32.4%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Michael A. Taylor put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 43.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 31.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 25.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 61.7%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 22.2%


Nicky Lopez

Nicky Lopez has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 8 runs, and sports a .231 batting average this season. He also has scored 19 runs this season and stolen 5 bases.

A below-average OPS of .620 has been disappointing thus far for Nicky Lopez. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 11.5% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 14.4% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nicky Lopez put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 56.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 27.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 15.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 60.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 24.3%


Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 24 runs, and sports a .196 batting average this season. He also has scored 14 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.9% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 29.8%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jorge Soler put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 37.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 45.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 16.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 52.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.4%


Ryan O’Hearn

Ryan O’Hearn has hit 2 Home Runs, drove in 3 runs, and sports a .182 batting average this season. He also has scored 4 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

A below-average OPS of .591 has been disappointing thus far for Ryan O’Hearn. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.3% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 39.6%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Ryan O’Hearn put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 36.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 44.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 56.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 28.0%


Mike Minor

Mike Minor has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 0 runs, and sports a .000 batting average this season. He also has scored 0 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

These struggles make him very replaceable in the lineup. His OPS is .000. He would not be classified as a power hitter this season.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 0.0%. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 33.3%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is one of laggards in MLB at On-Base Percentage with a .000 OBP.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Mike Minor put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 50.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 50.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 0.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 50.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 50.0%


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