Yordano Ventura (9-7, 4.41 ERA) and Randy Wolf (0-2, 2.57 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (80-51) and the Detroit Tigers (61-70) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Tigers won the last game 6-5 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on FSKC and FSDT.
Ventura pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out 11 and walking four in a 5-3 win over the Orioles. Lorenzo Cain (.311, 81 Rs, 12 HRs, 58 RBIs, 26 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. Wolf went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 2-0 defeat to the Angels in his most recent start. Miguel Cabrera (.359, 55 Rs, 17 HRs, 67 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Kansas City, a big -180 favorite, takes on Detroit. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +2,669 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 47-24. Kansas City is an impressive 5-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Royals have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the AL in offense with 4.4 runs per game. The Royals are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.2 per game. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 88 bases.
Over in the other dugout, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of -1,039 and a disappointing record of 26-42 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-7 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the Tigers have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 2.8 during that stretch. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 9.3 hits per road game. The Tigers allow 4.9 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.2 runs per game during that span.
The Royals have a 24-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wolf takes the mound. Ventura (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 42-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals sit at 32-20 against their division, while the Tigers are 31-20
Detroit recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 12-25 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-48. The Royals have a 12-42 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 103 this season. Detroit ranks 14th with 132 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.44 per game this season. Kansas City ranks second with 9.20 hits.
Ranking ninth, Kansas City is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.731). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .759.
The Tigers are 30-55 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 37-36 when they allow at least one homer.