Alfredo Simon (13-9, 4.91 ERA) and Kris Medlen (4-1, 3.92 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (68-78) and the Kansas City Royals (86-61) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 6-5 and Detroit leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 20 and can be seen on FSKC and FSDT.
Simon pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-4 win over the Twins. J.D. Martinez (.287, 86 Rs, 37 HRs, 96 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Medlen went 6.1 innings, surrendering zero runs and walking one in a 2-0 win over the Indians in his last outing.
Kansas City takes on Detroit as a -125 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of -797 and a record as the underdog of 34-49. Within its division, Detroit has a 20-8 as the underdog and a 36-27 SU. The Tigers lead the AL in hits with a phenomenal 9.5 per game.
In the other locker room, Kansas City is coming in with an overall money line of +1,695 and an impressive record of 52-33 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 23-18 record against fellow AL Central members, and a 37-28 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the AL. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 9.2 hits per game. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with 95 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. Kansas City's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 4.01 ERA.
The Royals lead the season series, 9-8. The Tigers have a 49-63 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Medlen takes the mound. Simon (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 60-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Tigers are 36-27 against their divisional rivals, while the Royals are 37-28 against their division.
Detroit won its last game in a shutout, its 11th of the season. Kansas City has been shut out nine times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 8-55. The Royals have a 13-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 123 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 141.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.49 per game this season. Kansas City ranks third with 9.24 hits.
Ranking 11th, Kansas City is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.735). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .754.
The Royals are 39-45 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 33-61 when they allow at least one homer.