Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Prediction and Betting Odds
- Updated: August 4, 2015
Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Prediction and Betting Odds. The 62-42 Kansas City Royals are set to take on the 51-54 Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan tonight August 4, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7:08 PM
Moneylines: Royals -102 / Tigers -118
O/U: 8.5 runs
Pitching Match Up
Kansas City: Danny Duffy (4-5, 4.28 ERA)
Detroit: Justin Verlander (1-3, 4.86 ERA)
In their last games: The Royals lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 and the Tigers lost to the Baltimore Orioles 6-1.
The Royals go into Detroit for the first game of a 3 game series. The 4-5 Danny Duffy goes for the Royals and the 1-3 Justin Verlander goes for the Tigers. The Tigers open at -118 with a line sitting at 8.5 runs. While the Royals have lost 4 of their last 5 games they still have a comfortable cushion in the AL West with a 8.5 game lead over the Minnesota Twins. KC ranks 10th in the Majors in runs scored and 8th in team ERA. The Tigers are not out of the playoff picture yet, as even though they are 11.5 games back of the Royals they are only 3 games out of the Wild Card race. They have lost 6 of their last 10 games and they rank 4th in runs scored, but only 26th in team ERA.
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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:
In the last 16 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 13 times.
The Tigers are 5-2 in Verlander’s last 7 starts against the Royals.
This season the Tigers are 25-27 at home and the Royals are 28-24 on the road.
STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS
Kansas City Royals: 62-42 SU / O/U 44-49 / Run Line W/L 60-44
Detroit Tigers: 51-54 SU / O/U 58-43 / Run Line W/L 50-55
• KC is 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
• KC is 20-8 in their last 28 vs. a team with a losing record.
• KC has an Over record of 18-7-5 in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
• DET is 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
• DET is 37-16 in their last 53 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
• DET has an Over record of 13-3 in their last 16 home games.
[P] 05/17/2015 – Brian Flynn 60-day DL (5/16) ( Shoulder )
[3B] 08/03/2015 – Mike Moustakas probable Tuesday vs. Detroit Tigers ( Knee )
[LF] 07/09/2015 – Alex Gordon 15-day DL (7/9) ( Groin )
[P] 07/22/2015 – Jason Vargas 15-day DL (7/22); out for season ( Elbow )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Tim Collins 15-day DL (4/6) ( Elbow )
[P] 08/01/2015 – Alfredo Simon expected to miss next start Saturday vs Boston Red Sox ( Groin )
[P] 05/08/2015 – Joe Nathan 60-day DL (4/7), out for season ( Elbow )
[P] 05/24/2015 – Kyle Lobstein 60-day DL (5/23) ( Shoulder )
(!)[1B] 07/04/2015 – Miguel Cabrera 15-day DL (7/3) ( Calf )
Free MLB Pick
Danny Duffy gave up 5 earned runs in 6 innings of work in his last start in a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays and before that start the Royals had won their previous 4 games with him on the hill. He is 2-3 with a 1.83 ERA in his last 6 against Detroit. Justin Verlander won the Cy Young award in 2011 and came in 2nd in the voting the previous season, but since then he has been less than impressive with a myriad of injury issues., However, he has been solid in his last 2 outings only giving up 1 earned run in each.
I think Verlander will get tagged up tonight from a KC offense that really could use a boost and will get it tonight, as the Royals will take the first game of this division series.