Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/18/14
Kansas City Royals (37-32) at Detroit Tigers (36-30)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (3-6) (4.040) vs. Drew Smyly (L) (2-5) (4.050)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -139 / Kansas City Royals +129 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, Detroit
The white hot Kansas City Royals go for the road sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday afternoon.
There is not much to say about Kansas City except the obvious. The Royals are the hottest team in the game with solid pitching and hitting leading the way to nine staight wins. KC racked up an 11-4 victory over Detroit Tuesday to forge a virtual tie atop the American League Central. Youngster Yordano Ventura pitched beyond his years with three runs plated over seven innings to even his record at 5-5. Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon slammed homers and drove in two each with Omar Infante knocking in three. Jeremy Guthrie will be charged with keeping the Royals hot in the series finale' against Detroit. Guthrie is 3-6 in 2014 with a 4.14 ERA in 14 outings.
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Detroit was looking like the runaway winner of the American League Central early on but that was then and this is now with the Royals right in their shadows and Cleveland not far off the pace. The Tigers dropped six of nine after Tuesday's defeat with Max Scherzer getting hit hard. Scherzer was tagged for ten runs on ten hits including a pair of homers in four innings of work to drop his record to 8-3. The Tigers offense was put on their heels early and never were given much of a chance with their ten hits and three bases on balls falling short. Ian Kinsler led the attack with his 7th homer with Nick Castellanos and Austin Jackson also recording RBI's. The Tigers turn to Drew Smyly on the bump to prevent the sweep at the hands of visiting Kansas City. Smyly has been solid over his last three times out with a 2.87 ERA despite going 1-2.
Smyly seems to be the better choice on the mound but so did Scherzer. I am going with Kansas City for obvious reasons but my gut tells me their streak might be in jeopardy...