Justin Verlander (12-6, 3.42 ERA) and Danny Duffy (9-1, 2.82 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (63-55) and the Kansas City Royals (58-60) at Comerica Park. The Royals won the last game 3-1, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and can be seen on FSKC and FSDT.
Verlander pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking two in a 3-1 defeat to the Mariners. J.D. Martinez (.305, 45 Rs, 16 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Duffy went 9.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out six in a 2-1 win over the White Sox in his most recent start. Cheslor Cuthbert (.298, 35 Rs, 10 HRs, 37 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The Royals hold a 28-17 record in matchups against AL Central Division rivals, while the Tigers currently sit at 20-25 in these games.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have an 18-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 6-41. The Tigers have a 10-39 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 98 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 with 155.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 269 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 347.
The Tigers are 51-31 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 39-33 when they hit at least one homer.