In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Chris Young (2-0, 1.06 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (19-11) are in Detroit to square off against Shane Greene (3-2, 5.56 ERA) and the Tigers (19-12). This is the last of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Royals won the last game 6-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 10 and can be seen on ESPN.
Greene pitched 2.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking four in a 5-2 defeat to the White Sox. Chris Young makes a spot start for the injured Jason Vargas. He is up against a quality Detroit offense which is hitting .276 this season. Eric Hosmer (.322, 19 Rs, 5 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds for Detroit and Kansas City are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Detroit has a record of 16-7 SU. The Tigers have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 5.2 runs per game. They average 4.5 runs per game on the season. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 28 bases. As for the pitchers, the Tigers are the second-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.5 walks per game so far this season.
The Royals are 13-10 against AL Central foes. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 10.2 hits per game. Kansas City is excellent at not striking out with an AL-low 5.8 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Royals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.15 for the season.
The Tigers have a 13-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Vargas takes the mound. Greene (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 10-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
The Tigers sit at 16-8 against their divisional rivals, while the Royals are 14-10.
The Royals are 1-0 when they go into extra innings.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 3-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 18-4. The Tigers have a 16-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth in runs, Detroit has earned 137 this season. Kansas City ranks second with 154 runs.
Ranking 27th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 65 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at third with 108.
The Tigers are 12-5 when they hit at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 13-6 record.