In the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (65-44) and the Detroit Tigers (54-57) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Johnny Cueto (7-7, 2.69 ERA) and Matt Boyd (1-2, 7.90 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 10 and will air on FSKC, FSDT and ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Cueto pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (.307, 70 Rs, 11 HRs, 48 RBIs, 20 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. The Tigers were victorious the last time Boyd pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out two in a 2-1 victory over the Royals. 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 considerable -202 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is set at seven runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 35-21 record and have an overall money line of +1,909. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Royals are an exceptional hitting team with 9.1 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. Kansas City's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 5.4 during that span, compared to its 3.8 season average.
On the other side, the Tigers have a record of 22-31 when they are the underdog and are -373 overall with the money line. Against divisional opponents, they are 29-18 SU, but have a 9-11 record when they were an underdog to win. Detroit has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 4.9 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.5. Detroit is the top hitting team in the AL with an average of 9.6 hits per contest. Playing against AL Central foes really brings the best out of the Detroit pitchers. They allow 4.3 runs per game against teams within their division, which is lower than their season average of 4.8. They also allow just 2.7 hits per road game, good for fifth in the AL.
This game will feature Boyd (LHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 20-17 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Cueto will take the mound against the Tigers, who have a 39-45 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals and the Tigers both hold records of 29-18 against the AL Central Division this season.
Detroit has won 51% (25-24) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 64% (27-15) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Tigers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are heading in with a 4-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 44-13. The Royals have a 52-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th in runs, Kansas City has earned 471 this season. Detroit ranks fifth with 492 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 230 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 15th with 313.
The Royals are 44-17 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 41-28 when they hit at least one homer.