MLB Predictions: Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers
The Kansas City Royals (37-32) and Detroit Tigers (36-30) will continue an American League Central series Tuesday night at Comerica Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET
Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers
Kansas City has won eight games in a row, including an 11-8 victory over Detroit as +130 road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total in its last eight affairs. The Royals have three players ranked in the league’s top 10 for doubles—sitting behind only the Tigers in that category among teams in the Junior Circuit. Kansas City is 3-6 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season, with the UNDER going 5-2-2 in that situation.
Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (4-5, 3.20 ERA) has registered back-to-back wins, including a 4-1 home victory over the Cleveland Indians last time out—surrendering one run and six hits over seven innings of work. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in four road outings, with opposing hitters batting .214 against him. Ventura will need to be careful with Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, as he’s gone 14 for 32 during an eight-game hitting streak in this series.
Detroit has split its last 10 games, while the OVER has gone 6-3-1 in that span. The Tigers may be without the services of outfielder Torii Hunter, as he left last night’s game with a hamstring injury—hitting .266 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs so far this season. Detroit is 14-12 as home favorites of -125 to -175 during the 2014 campaign, with the OVER going 13-9-4 in those 26 opportunities.
Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (8-2, 3.05 ERA) has tallied back-to-back wins as well, including a 4-0 shutout victory on the road against the Chicago White Sox last time out. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.16 ERA in six home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .217 against him. It’s important to point out that the franchise has captured 28 of his last 31 regular-season outings at this ballpark.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 12-2 record in Scherzer’s last 14 starts versus the Royals