In the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (68-44) and the Detroit Tigers (54-59) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Edinson Volquez (11-6, 3.11 ERA) and Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.24 ERA) get the ball. The Royals won the last game 6-1, extending a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and will air on FSKC and FSDT.
In his last start, Volquez pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out three and walking two in a 3-2 victory over the White Sox. Lorenzo Cain (.316, 73 Rs, 12 HRs, 51 RBIs, 20 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 4 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Tigers were unsuccessful the last time Norris pitched. He did not do well, pitching 3.1 innings, allowing five runs and striking out three in a 7-2 loss to the Red Sox. Miguel Cabrera (.350, 43 Rs, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Tigers, going 2 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
Kansas City is a -179 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 37-21 record and have an overall money line of +2,109. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (5-1). The Royals are a superb hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. Don't expect the Kansas City hitters to swing wildly. They average an AL-low 5.8 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Tigers come into this game with a win percentage of .407 when playing as the underdog (22-32) and an overall money line of -611. Against divisional opponents, they are 29-19 SU, but have a 9-12 record when they were an underdog to win. Detroit has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 4.8 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.4. Playing against AL Central foes really brings the best out of the Detroit pitchers. They allow 4.2 runs per game against teams within their division, which is lower than their season average of 4.8. They also allow just 2.6 walks per road game, fifth-best in the AL.
The Royals have gotten the best of the Tigers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-5. The Royals will take on a left-hander (Norris) in this game and have a 22-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Tigers will be the right-hander Volquez. They sport a 39-46 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals sit at 32-18 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 29-20.
The Royals managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are coming in with a 4-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the Royals have won their last five games while the Tigers have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 44-13. The Royals have a 55-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total runs this season, Kansas City ranks ninth with 486 runs and Detroit is seventh with 493.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 238 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 15th with 320.
The Royals are 46-17 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 41-28 when they hit at least one homer.