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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals
MLB: Friday July 12, 2019 at 8:15 PM EST
The Tigers had to be happy for the All-Star break, as they were struggling before it losing their last two games and six of their last seven. They are 26 games out of first place in the AL Central and have the 2nd fewest wins in MLB. Detroit ranks dead last in the Majors in runs scored and 25th in team ERA and in getting swept in their last series before the break they 25 runs in losing the three games.
The Royals also had a first-half to forget and they lost two straight and six of seven games before the break. They are 27 games out of first place in the AL West and they have the 3rd fewest wins in the Majors. KC has two more wins than Detroit, but four more losses with several games for the Tigers postponed due to weather. They only totaled two runs in losing their last two games and they only rank 24th in the bigs in runs scored and 27th in team ERA. The Royals took two of three games from the Tigers in the last series facing them, which was in Detroit.
While the Tigers lost six of seven games before the All Star break there may be a silver lining in that their lineup was pretty good in that span. While their pitching was not, they had scored at least six runs in six straight games before scoring only three in their last game before the break. At the time of this writing, a starting pitcher has not been named for this game. Miguel Cabrera leads the Tigers batting .304 and also leads them in RBI, but only has 36 of them. To say the club’s lineup lacks pop would be a major understatement, as Brandon Dixon leads the team with only 12 HR and he and Nicholas Castellanos (9 HR) are the only players that have over seven HR.
Detroit has lost nine of their last 10 games against teams from the AL Central and have lost their last four games facing a left-hand starter, which they will face in this game. On the season, the Tigers are 16-25 on the road.
Duffy has not gotten much help
Danny Duffy (3-5 4.28 ERA) gets the call for the Royals in this game and while he has not pitched bad in his last few starts, he has gotten little help. The Royals have lost six of his last seven starts including his last three where he did not give up more than three earned runs, but only received five runs of support. In Duffy’s last outing he gave up two runs on five hits in six 2/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He had a good start in his lone one facing the Tigers this season going seven innings and giving up two runs, but, again, did not get much help in a 3-2 KC loss. The Royals have lost Duffy’s last four starts and they have lost four of his last five starts against the Tigers.
Jorge Soler leads the team in HR (23) and RBI (59) and he has six RBI in his last eight games. KC has lost five of their last six home games, is 16-25 at home on the season, and they have dropped their last four games facing teams from the AL Central.
The Kansas City Royals are:
The Detroit Tigers are:
- 29-60 in their last 89 road games
- 12-40 in their last 52 overall
- 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a left-handed starter
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams had bad first halves of the season and the Tigers pitching was terrible in their last series before the break. The Royals only scored two runs in losing their last two games before the break, but for a change they will give Duffy some support in this game. He has pitched decent in his last few starts and had a good start in his only one facing the Tigers. He will pitch well again and get a little help from the lineup and Kansas City will take the first game of this series.
Prediction: PICK: Royals
Full-Game Total Pick
While the Over has been the pick for Duffy’s last several starts against the Tigers in the last seven games between these teams the Under has been the pick. Taking the last trend in this one, as Duffy will have a good outing and get some help, but not a lot. In a lower scoring game the Under is the solid pick in this AL Central matchup.
Prediction: PICK: Under