Edinson Volquez (2-2, 1.91 ERA) and David Price (2-1, 3.48 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (16-7) and the Detroit Tigers (15-9) at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 4-1 and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and can be seen on FSN-DET and FSN-KC.
Volquez is 1-2 with a 5.74 ERA in his appearances against the Tigers, and goes up against a good Detroit offense which is batting .280 this season. Lorenzo Cain (.337, 17 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Price is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA against the Royals in his career. He takes on a quality Kansas City offense that's batting .306. Rajai Davis (.300, 11 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Detroit takes on Kansas City as a -118 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +817 and have shown high-level performance as an underdog this season with a record of 8-2. Kansas City has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 3-2 and 10-6 records as the underdog and SU respectively. The Royals lead the AL in hits with an impressive 10.9 per game. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 21 bases. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Royals. The 3.4 runs that Kansas City's pitchers allow per game makes them the top staff in the AL. The Royals are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.11 so far this season.
In the other locker room, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of +577 and an impressive record of 10-6 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 9-3 record against fellow AL Central members, and a 12-4 record SU. Offensively, the Tigers have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.7 runs per game by averaging 5.8 in those contests. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with 24 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB. The Tigers allow 4.3 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.2 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Tigers have the third-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Royals have a perfect 4-0 record at home (7-2 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Price takes the mound. Volquez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 10-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals and the Tigers hold winning records against the AL Central Division this season. The Royals sit at 11-6 and the Tigers have a 12-5 record.
Detroit has won 67% (8-4) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 88% (7-1) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Royals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are coming in with a 6-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the Royals have won their last two games while the Tigers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 15-3. The Tigers have a 13-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, Detroit has earned 109 this season. Kansas City ranks second with 123 runs.
Ranking 25th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 54 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at fourth with 85.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 10-3, well-matched with the Tigers who are 11-3 when hitting one or more homers.