In the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (69-64) and the Detroit Tigers (72-61) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Danny Duffy (11-2, 3.01 ERA) and Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.92 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and will air on FSKC and FSDT.
In his last start, Duffy pitched 5.0 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out two and walking two in an 8-3 loss to the Red Sox. Kendrys Morales (.249, 49 Rs, 22 HRs, 63 RBIs) went 1 for 6 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Tigers were also unsuccessful the last time Sanchez pitched. He struggled, going 5.2 innings, allowing five runs and striking out two in a 5-0 loss to the Angels. J.D. Martinez (.321, 57 Rs, 19 HRs, 54 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one RBI.
The Royals sit at 34-17 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 26-27.
Kansas City recorded at least two errors for the 16th time this season.
The Royals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are coming in with a 32-14 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Royals, as the Tigers have won their last three games while the Royals have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 53-17. The Tigers have a 56-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Kansas City has earned 536 this season. Detroit ranks 10th with 614 runs.
Ranking 26th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .766.
The Tigers are 40-44 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 42-52 record.