In a game that could be a shootout, Anibal Sanchez (10-9, 4.82 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (54-58) are in Kansas City to square off against Yordano Ventura (6-7, 5.29 ERA) and the Royals (67-44). This is the second of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 4-0 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and can be seen on FSKC and FSDT.
Ventura pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out three and walking three in an 8-6 defeat to the Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (.309, 71 Rs, 11 HRs, 50 RBIs, 20 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs. Sanchez went 6.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking four in an 8-6 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Miguel Cabrera (.350, 43 Rs, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
Kansas City is a -154 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +2,109 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 37-21. Kansas City is an impressive 5-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Royals are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.2 per game. Kansas City strikes out the least of any team in the AL, with only 5.8 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 22-32 record and an overall money line of -611. Despite an underwhelming record as the underdog against AL Central opponents (9-12), they pulled off an impressive 29-19 SU record. Offensively, the Tigers have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 4.8 in those contests. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 9.5 hits per game. The Tigers average 4.8 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the AL Central is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 4.2 against division foes. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Tigers have the fifth-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The Royals lead the season series, 6-5. The Royals have a 45-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Sanchez takes the mound. Ventura (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 39-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals sit at 31-18 against their division, while the Tigers are 29-19
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 28-15, while Detroit is 25-25.
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 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-42. The Royals have a 9-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 86 this season. Detroit ranks 10th with 113 home runs.
Detroit tops the league in hits with 9.52 per game this season. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.15.
Ranking 10th, Kansas City is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.728). Detroit ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .760.
The Tigers are 26-46 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 29-32 when they allow at least one homer.