Detroit Tigers (29-46) vs. Kansas City Royals (28-47)
When: 16:10 Saturday.
Where: Comerica Park in Detroit.
TELEVISION: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) (Branches of radio “Tigers”).
Prediction for the first serve: Cloudy, mid 80s.
Likely pitchers: Tigers RHP Beau Briske (1-6, 4.55 ERA) vs. Royals RHP Brady Singer (3-3, 4.33 ERA).
The composition of the tigers: to be specified.
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Game Notes: It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the game between the fourth- and fifth-place teams in the Central American League, considered the worst of baseball’s six divisions, has several newcomers. After all, both the Tigers and the Royals have been recovering for a while, and the kids have to start somewhere, right?
But in Saturday afternoon’s game, there could be up to six rookies among the 20 starting hitters and pitchers – two for the Tigers and four for the Royals – despite Spencer Thorkelson sitting out after hitting a helmet on Friday night. Here’s how they break:
For the royal family…
RF Kyle Isbel: The 25-year-old had a .772 OP in 28 games last season, but the 2018 Royals third-rounder (from UNLV) struggled in 2022, with seven extra base hits and three walks in 108 games. for .590 OPS.
C MJ Melendez: The Royals’ second-round pick out of high school in 2017, the left-hander gets some time in the trap with Salvador Perez’s thumb injury. He hit .288/.386/.625 in Double-A and Triple-A last season, though his .167/.286/.295 in Triple-A this spring is underwhelming. However, he has a .718 OPS in 49 games with the Royals since his call.
DH Vinny Pasquantino: The Royals entered the year with two Triple-A first basemen among the top three prospects. according to MLB Pipeline. Pasquantino, 24, is the older of the two and has been afflicted at all minor levels since early 2021 with OPS of .950, .965 and .948 in High-A, Double-A and Triple-A. The 2019 11th-rounder called on Tuesday didn’t score until Friday’s fourth-inning homer from Michael Pineda.
SS Bobby Witt Jr.: The son of longtime MLB player Bobby Witt Sr., who finished second overall in 2019, turned 22 just over two weeks ago. His batting average isn’t impressive, but when he made contact, it was with strength: 16 doubles, five triples at the MLB level and 11 homers in 276 at-bats, plus 12 interceptions in 14 attempts. He’ll get a few AL Rookie of the Year votes (although Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez is currently the favorite).
RHP Beau Briske: The fact that a 2019 27th round pick already makes it his 13th start of the 2022 season says a lot about the Tigers’ season. In early June, Briske had a stellar three-game stretch in which he allowed just two runs in 18 2/3 innings against the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Rangers. But his last two starts against the Red Sox and Diamondbacks were more mundane, allowing nine runs on 11 hits and three walks in 8 2/3 innings.
CF Riley Green: We’re not saying ALL the 21-year-old does is hit base, but since his call-up on June 18, he has 11 hits and nine outs in 48 plate appearances, which is good for .417 OBP. However, only one of those hits was for extra bases, a far cry from his minor league days; last season, he hit .534 in Double-A and Triple-A ratings.
After Saturday’s game, the two teams end the series, starting at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, with no broadcast from Bally Sports Detroit. Instead, the game will air on NBC’s streaming service Peacock (which you may remember from the Beijing Winter Olympics in February). However, BSD adherents can still get Craig Monroe’s fix; he will be part of an unusual “no announcer” broadcast alongside Sparta’s Ahmed Farid, who will be looking to explore Comerica Park like the fans do.
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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals game score: time, TV, starters