David Price (3-1, 2.92 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (2-2, 4.94 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (18-11) and the Kansas City Royals (18-10) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 8 and can be seen on FSN-KC, FSN-DET and MLB Net.
Price is 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his appearances against the Royals, but goes up against a good Kansas City offense which is batting .290 this season. Miguel Cabrera (.350, 16 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs and one RBI. Ventura is 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA when pitching against the Tigers. He takes on a quality Detroit offense which is hitting .275 this season. Eric Hosmer (.324, 18 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
Detroit is a -153 favorite against Kansas City and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven 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 26 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 +682 and an impressive record of 8-4 as the dog. Despite an underwhelming record as the underdog against AL Central rivals (3-4), they pulled off an impressive 12-9 SU record. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 10.0 hits per game. Kansas City is excellent at not striking out with an AL-low 5.9 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 1.13 for the season.
The Tigers have a 12-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ventura takes the mound. Price (LHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a very good 8-3 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Tigers sit at 15-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Royals are 13-9.
In extra innings, the Royals are 1-0.
The Royals managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are heading in with a 6-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 17-3. The Tigers have a 16-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking ninth in runs, Detroit has earned 129 this season. Kansas City ranks third with 143 runs.
Ranking 26th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 62 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at third with 102.
The Tigers are 12-5 when they hit at least one home run. Kansas City has the same record when hitting one or more homers.