In the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (80-50) and the Detroit Tigers (60-70) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Johnny Cueto (9-9, 2.94 ERA) and Justin Verlander (2-6, 3.45 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 1 and will air on FSKC and FSDT.
In his last start, Cueto pitched 5.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out eight and walking one in an 8-5 loss to the Orioles. Eric Hosmer (.311, 80 Rs, 14 HRs, 77 RBIs, 6 SBs) played well again Sunday, going 2 for 4. The Tigers were victorious the last time Verlander pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 9.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 5-0 victory over the Angels. J.D. Martinez (.289, 76 Rs, 34 HRs, 87 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. Against teams in the AL Central, the Royals have an SU record of 32-19. The Royals come into the game with the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. The Royals rank second in the AL in hits with 9.2 per game. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with 87 steals.
Against divisional opponents, the Tigers are 30-20 SU. The Tigers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Detroit's run production has dropped to 2.8 runs per game, compared to 4.4 for the duration of the season. The top road hitting team in the AL are the Tigers, who average 9.3 hits in games away from home. Detroit's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.9.
The Royals have gotten the best of the Tigers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-6. This game will feature Verlander (RHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 31-12 home and 56-29 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Cueto will take the mound against the Tigers, who have a 42-55 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
The Royals hold a 32-19 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the Tigers currently sit at 30-20 in these games.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 23-42 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-48. The Royals have a 12-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 102 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 14th with 131.
Detroit tops the league in hits with 9.44 per game this season. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.20.
Ranking 10th, 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 29-55 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 37-35 when they allow at least one homer.