Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers meet for game two of their series in Kansas City. The Tigers are -135 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Kansas City Royals returned home after winning two in a row in Chicago but apparently they forgot their bats on the road as they never got them into gear. Jeff Francoeur and Brayan Pena each had two hits and Eric Hosmer had a hit and scored a run as part of the Royals eight hits that produced just one run in a losing effort. Starting pitcher Daniel Duffy allowed four hits and two earned runs while striking out six over six innings of work to take his fourth loss of the year. For Friday’s rematch Kansas City starts Kyle Davies who has lost his last six starts. For the season Davies has allowed 65 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 31 in 44 innings of work.
The Detroit Tigers are battling it out trying to catch the Cleveland Indians, they didn’t gain any ground on Thursday but they didn’t lose any either. Ryan Raburn hit a two run home run, Don Kelly hit a solo home run, and Miguel Cabrera scored a run without getting a hit as the Tigers scored three runs on just six hits. On the mound Max Scherzer was extremely effective as he allowed six hits and a run over 6.2 innings of work and Jose Valverde picked up his 22nd save of the year pitching the ninth inning. For Friday’s game Detroit starts Rick Porcello who has been getting tagged in his last five starts. For the season Porcello has allowed 105 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 51 in 90.2 innings of work.
Kansas City is 0-6 in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 3-8 in their last 11 hoem games against a right handed starter, and 1-4 in Davies’ last five home starts. Detroit is 4-7 in their last 11 home games, 1-7 in their last eight game two of a series, and 4-1 in Porcello’s last five road starts. Kansas City is 3-8 in Davies last 11 starts against Detroit.
While Porcello is no bargain these days, Davies is pretty much untouchable so I’m taking the Tigers minus the 135 here.
Detroit Tigers -135 Kansas City Royals