Michael Fulmer (10-5, 2.69 ERA) takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers (73-61) as they meet Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.33 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (69-65) in the second of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Tigers won the last game 7-6, and Detroit leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and will air on FS1.
In his last start, Ventura pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking two in a 10-4 victory over the Red Sox. Eric Hosmer (.273, 66 Rs, 19 HRs, 81 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Tigers were unsuccessful the last time Fulmer pitched. He tossed 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 loss to the Angels. Miguel Cabrera (.310, 74 Rs, 29 HRs, 84 RBIs) has been doing well, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
The Royals sit at 34-18 against division rivals, while the Tigers have an even 27-27 record against their foes.
Detroit recorded at least two errors for the ninth time this season.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 15-20 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Royals, as the Tigers have won their last four games while the Royals have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 53-17. The Tigers have a 57-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Kansas City has earned 542 this season. Detroit ranks 10th with 621 runs.
Ranking 26th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.711). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .767.
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 42-53 record.