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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals Where and when: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri, Saturday, 7:15 pm EST Two struggling teams in the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will meet up at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday night for game-two of a three-game set.
Both teams represent the fourth and fifth place teams within the AL Central division. The Royals enter this set losers of eight of their last ten outings. In fact, after winning the opener of a three-game set versus the Washington Nationals on July 5th, they lost two straight games while scoring just two runs during this time.
For the year, Kansas City is averaging just over four runs per outing, good for just 27th in the MLB. On the other hand, their pitching struggles also continue as they are ranked in the bottom half of teams within the league as it relates to ERA (5.08). In fact, the Royals rotation has allowed an average of seven runs per game to opponents in their last ten outings.
The Tigers not only ride into this matchup hoping to end a three-game losing streak, but, will also look to curb its fortunes while playing at Kauffman Stadium. In other words, while the Tigers have picked up victories in five of their last six games versus the Royals at home, they have dropped five of seven games at Kauffman.
They did, however, pick up a series win over the Royals on July 25th thanks to a big night by Jose Iglesias, who hit a three-run homer off Danny Duffy to assist the team in taking the finale of a three-game set by a score of 8-4.
Keller needs to settle down on the hill in game-two
Brad Keller (4-9) has been up and down on the mound for the Royals recently, yet, will be looking for his fifth win of the year after giving up just one earned in five innings of work on the road versus the Washington Nationals on July 5th. Each of Keller’s six performances versus the Tigers has been at Comerica Park, three in relief status. However, it is a fact that the right-hander has allowed seven earned runs in over eighteen innings of work versus the Tigers in his last three starts, overall, which resulted in just one win for Royals. Nonetheless, the Royals have won two straight games with the second-year pitcher at the helm.
In limited at-bats (8), Miguel Cabrera is batting .600 during his career versus Keller. However, Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum are a combined 1-14 versus the right-hander. It will be important to note that Keller has not picked up a win at home since April of this year, an 8-1, ten strikeout performance versus the Cleveland Indians.
Boyd seeks to end his troubles at Kauffman
Despite allowing twenty-three runs in his last six starts, left-hander Matthew Boyd (6-6) will get the nod in game two looking to win his second straight. He pitched a little over five innings versus the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 4th while giving up two homers along with four earned runs. However, he posted twelve k’s in the 11-5 win as his win halted a five-game, team losing streak with him on the mound. Boyd has also only picked up wins in three of his last nine road starts, overall.
The left-hander has also not done well in starts at Kauffman recently, as well, as he has posted losses in his last two starts. Furthermore, Whit Merrifield is batting over .400 while having five doubles along with five RBI’s versus Boyd in his career while Chelsor Cuthbert is hitting .357 on fourteen at bats with three doubles. Finally, Boyd has given up eight homers in his last three starts, overall.
- No trends to report
- DET is 2-7 in their last 9 Sat. games.
- DET is 12-40 in their last 52 overall.
- DET is 12-40 in their last 52 games on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Royals have learned how to win versus the Tigers at home as Keller will neutralize an inconsistent offense for Detroit en route to yet another win. Boyd seeks to get back on track after some shady outings on the hill; However, he has struggled versus Merrifield and company throughout his career. In all, look for this game to be a high-scoring win for the home team as they will outlast the Tigers again after nine.
Prediction: Pick: Kansas City Royals
Full-Game Total Pick
Look for the under to be the strong play for this contest amongst two teams that are ranked at/near 30th in the league in pushing runs across the plate. On the other hand, with two skilled pitchers heading to the mound, look for this to be a competitive matchup where the home team will pull out a slim victory in the end.
Prediction: Pick: Under