Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals
The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals close out their series and the first halves of their season at Comerica Park on Sunday. The Tigers are -175 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Detroit Tigers held on for the win on Saturday and while it was their fourth win in a row, that’s only been good enough to keep pace in the suddenly hit A.L. Central. Austin Jackson and Gerald Laird had three hits each and Prince Fielder and Delmon Young each had home runs as the Tigers scored eight runs on 12 hits for the game. Starting pitcher Doug Fister allowed eight hits and four earned runs while striking out two over six innings for just his second win of the year and it withstood Jose Valverde allowing three runs in the ninth inning. For Sunday’s game Detroit starts Max Scherzer who is pitching the best he has all year and has allowed more than three runs just once in his last eight starts. For the season Scherzer has allowed 97hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 114 over 90.1 innings for a 4.98 ERA.
The Kansas City Royals got off to a fast start and finished in a flurry on Saturday but it wasn’t a good enough effort to get the win. Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar had three hits each and Mike Moustakas had a home run as the Royals scored seven runs on 11 hits. Royals starter Bruce Chen was bombed allowing nine hits and six earned runs lasting just 3.1 innings to take his eighth loss of the year. For Sunday’s game Kansas City starts Everett Teaford who has been hit fairly hard but has yet to take a loss as a starter this year. For the season Teaford has allowed 20 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 11 over 23 innings for a 4.70 ERA.
Detroit is 5-0 in their last five home games against a left handed starter, 8-1 in their last nine game three of a series, and 7-3 in Scherzer’s last 10 starts. Kansas City is 1-5 in their last five road games, 0-6 in their last six against the A.L. Central, and 5-1 in Teaford’s last six starts. Kansas City is 1-8 in the last nine meetings of these two.
The odds in this one are out of hand but there seems to be little choice but to lay them as Scherzer is pitching as well as he can and Tigers seem to just own the Royals.
Detroit Tigers -175 Kansas City Royals