jimmythegreek Posts:11384 Followers:383
On 07/10/2014 07:21 PM in MLB

THURSDAY FIRST 5 INNINGS PLAY (YTD 19-12)

Detroit/Kansas City over 4.5 even:
After a 6-3 home stand, the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers (50-37) head into the ASB on a 4 game road trip to Kansas City (47-43) who just finished up a 9 game road trip at 5-4. The Royals trail the Tigers by 4.5 games and are looking to gain some momentum and ground in the divisional chase. KC may actually have something to cheer about this season especially since their last postseason appearance was way back in 1985 nearly 30 years ago.

The Tigers are looking for their 4th consecutive postseason appearance and send Drew Smyly (4-8 3.89) to the mound. the 25 year old southpaw can sure use a quality start as he's been battered for 9 ER over his last 8 IP which resulted in both losses. Smyly yielded five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday night in a loss to Tampa Bay. He faces a Kansas City lineup that is hitting a respectable .264 overall averaging just over 4 runs per contest. However the futility lies in the production and power departments where their 53 HR as a team ranks dead last in the majors. Salvador Perez (.284 11 35) has been solid behind the plate hitting the game winning 3 run HR yesterday against Tampa Bay. Perez has hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games. Mike Moustakas (.193 10 36) has come around nicely in an effort to bring his average up to his weight going 8 for his last 24 (.333). Alex Gordon (.268 9 44) is mired in a 5 for 29 slump (.172) and will not participate in the ASG due to a wrist injury. Omar Infante (.272 5 44) is tied with Gordon for the team lead in RBI and just returned last week from back spasms. Alcides Escobar (.283 2 28) just had an 8 game hitting streak snapped but leads the team with 21 steals in 23 attempts (.913). Most fans however are wondering what has happened to Billy Butler (.272 2 34) who is 7 for his last 16 (.438) but has not left the yard since May 2nd.

The Royals counter with Jeremy Guthrie (5-7 4.10) who has endured a rough ride over the last few weeks yielding 11 ER over his last 18 IP. The 35 year old 12 year veteran righty gave up 6 ER on 11 hits in 5 IP in a 7-3 loss to Cleveland last week. Guthrie faces a Tigers lineup hitting .278 which is tops in the AL and second in the majors only to Colorado (.279). Averaging about 4.8 runs per contest, their 94 HR ranks 5th in the AL and you can bet to see an increase as the lineup has a tendency to come along just after the All Star break. Victor Martinez (.328 21 55) has already exceeded expectations in the first half. Martinez is 3rd in the league in hitting and 4th in HR. Miguel Cabrera (.312 14 70) is nowhere near his triple crown caliber type season but remains dangerous in run scoring situations. Ian Kinsler (.303 11 47) has found new life from his tumultuous days in Texas, and Torii Hunter (.271 11 49) just saw a 6 game hitting streak go by the waist side (13/26 .500). J D Martinez (.329 12 38) has certainly shined during an 8 game hitting streak in a limited role and continues to impress given the playing time.


We get another bargain of a price this evening in beautiful Kauffman Stadium where the dimensions favor the hitters depending upon the breeze which normally blows from left to right. The waterfall has been a signature landmark out in right center where it starts out at 388 feet and peaks in dead center around 410. The corners are relatively easy each at 330, and given both pitcher's struggles over their last few starts we could find some opportunities to score runs early. While KC doesn't possess the power and run producing you'd normally expect from a team right in the middle of a division chase, they are young and do have some talent within their starters and position players. The Tigers are a veteran well-oiled machine who cannot be counted out given their offense as well as their depth in the starting rotation. While they have shown lapses in the lineup they need to be taken more seriously even by the likes of the other division leaders who cannot afford to look back. Tonight we shoot for our 7th straight and look to go into the All Star Break on a high note. Best of luck however you play!

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jimmythegreek Posts:11384 Followers:383
07/10/2014 09:27 PM

A sacrifice fly by Ian Kinsler cashes this one easily with 1 out in the top of the 4th giving us our 7th straight and upping our seasonal mark to near 63%! Thanks and congrats to those who followed and back up this weekend!

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