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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/16/14

Kansas City Royals (35-32) at Detroit Tigers (35-29)

MLB Baseball: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)

Jason Vargas (L) (6-2) (3.302) vs. Justin Verlander (R) (6-6) (4.614)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -156 / Kansas City Royals +146 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-KC, FSN-DET

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals play a four-game series that begins on Monday.

The Royals just swept the Chicago White Sox and have won seven straight games overall. The reason for this success is a Royals pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Royals season ERA is 3.68, 13th best in the league. Offensively, the Royals have improved, including Eric Hosmer, who has 10 RBI in his last nine games. Jason Vargas takes the hill, and he’s 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 92.2 innings. Vargas is 2-2 with a 5.01 ERA in seven career starts against the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/16/14

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The Tigers just took two of three games from the Minnesota Twins and are trying to shake a poor start to the month of June. The Tigers pitching staff has really let them down as of late, allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. That ERA has now dropped to 4.07 on the season. Offensively, Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in nine straight games and Victor Martinez has eight extra-base hits in his last 10 games. Justin Verlander gets the nod, and he’s 6-6 with a 4.61 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 91.2 innings. Verlander is 17-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 31 career starts against the Royals.

The Royals are 2-5 in Vargas' last 7 starts as an underdog and 4-1 in Vargas' last 5 starts during game 1 of a series. The 6-2 in Verlander's last 8 starts with 4 days of rest and 61-29 in Verlander's last 90 starts as a home favorite. The Tigers are 9-4 in Verlander's last 13 home starts vs. Royals, while the Royals are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Detroit. 

Tough to pick against Verlander at home even though he hasnt' quite lived up to expectations this season. Take the home team as long as you think the price is fair. 

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Detroit Tigers -156

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