Royals vs. Tigers Probable Starting Pitchers Today – May 20

The Kansas City Royals (29-19) will aim to keep a three-game winning streak going when they host the Detroit Tigers (23-23) at 7:40 PM ET on Monday.

The Royals will give the nod to Michael Wacha (3-4, 4.71 ERA), who is eyeing win No. 4 on the season, and the Tigers will counter with Reese Olson (0-4, 2.09 ERA).

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Royals vs. Tigers Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Monday, May 20, 2024
  • Time: 7:40 PM ET
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Venue: Kauffman Stadium
  • Live Stream: Fubo
  • Probable Pitchers: Wacha – KC (3-4, 4.71 ERA) vs Olson – DET (0-4, 2.09 ERA)

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Royals Probable Starting Pitcher Today: Michael Wacha

  • Wacha (3-4) will take the mound for the Royals, his 10th start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up one earned run in six innings pitched on Wednesday in his last outing, a matchup with the Seattle Mariners.
  • The 32-year-old has an ERA of 4.71 and 8 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .267 in nine games this season.
  • He’s going for his third straight quality start.
  • Wacha has pitched five or more innings in two straight games and will look to extend that streak.
  • In nine appearances this season, he has finished one without allowing an earned run.
  • Among qualified pitchers this year, the 32-year-old’s 4.71 ERA ranks 71st, 1.369 WHIP ranks 65th, and 8 K/9 ranks 48th.

Michael Wacha vs. Tigers

  • The Tigers are batting .234 this season, 19th in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .372 (21st in the league) with 38 home runs.
  • The Tigers have gone 9-for-24 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI in one game against the right-hander this season.

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Tigers Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Reese Olson

  • The Tigers will send Olson (0-4) out to make his ninth start of the season. He is 0-4 with a 2.09 ERA and 41 strikeouts through 47 1/3 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins, when he went eight scoreless innings while giving up three hits.
  • The 24-year-old has a 2.09 ERA and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in eight games this season, while allowing a batting average of .192 to opposing batters.
  • Olson is looking to earn his third straight quality start in this matchup.
  • Olson is trying for his seventh straight outing lasting five or more innings. He averages 5.9 frames per start.
  • In three of his eight total appearances this season he has not allowed an earned run.
  • The 24-year-old’s 2.09 ERA ranks seventh, .993 WHIP ranks 13th, and 7.8 K/9 ranks 53rd among qualifying pitchers this season.

Reese Olson vs. Royals

  • He will face a Royals squad that is hitting .244 as a unit (14th in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .394 (11th in the league) with 44 total home runs (17th in MLB play).
  • Olson has thrown seven innings, giving up one earned run on three hits while striking out eight against the Royals this season.
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