In a game that could be a shootout, Jeremy Guthrie (1-2, 6.52 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (18-11) are in Detroit to take on Anibal Sanchez (2-3, 5.11 ERA) and the Tigers (19-11). This is the second of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 6-5 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and can be seen on FSN-KC, FSN-DET and FS1.
Sanchez is 6-2 with a 1.40 ERA in his appearances against the Royals, but goes up against a good Kansas City offense which is batting .293 this season. Miguel Cabrera (.346, 16 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Guthrie is 9-8 with a 4.84 ERA when pitching against the Tigers. He takes on a quality Detroit offense which is hitting .277 this season. Lorenzo Cain (.337, 21 Rs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 3 for 5 yesterday.
Detroit is a -155 favorite against Kansas City and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have recorded an overall money line of +580 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 12-6. Detroit is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Tigers have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 5.1 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. Turning to the pitchers, the Tigers are the third-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.6 walks per game so far this season.
In the other locker room, Kansas City is coming in with an overall money line of +785 and an impressive record of 9-4 as the dog. They are 4-4 as the underdog against AL Central rivals, and 13-9 SU. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 10.1 hits per game. Kansas City is excellent at not striking out with an AL-low 6.0 per game. Shifting to the pitching staff and defense, the The Royals allow just 3.6 runs per game, ranking them first in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Royals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.16 for the season.
The Tigers lead the season series, 3-2. The Tigers have a 12-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Guthrie takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 10-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Tigers sit at 16-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Royals are 13-10.
For the third time this season, the Royals registered at least two errors in a game.
In extra innings, the Royals are 1-0.
The Royals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are heading in with a 7-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 17-4. The Tigers have a 16-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth in runs, Detroit has earned 135 this season. Kansas City ranks second with 148 runs.
Ranking 28th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 62 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at third with 107.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 12-5, well-matched with the Royals who are 12-6 when hitting one or more homers.