Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/19/14
Kansas City Royals (38-32) at Detroit Tigers (36-31)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Danny Duffy (L) (3-4) (2.956) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (3-2) (2.442)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -144 / Kansas City Royals +134 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, FSN-DET, MLBN
The Kansas City Royals will look for the four-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon.
Don’t look now, but the Royals have won 10 straight games and are a solid seven games above a .500 record. The Royals pitching has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 12 games, while the offense has produced a combined 24 runs in the first three games of this series. Simply playing flawless baseball in the month of June, Omar Infante has hit safely in nine straight games and has eight RBI in this series alone. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he’s 4-5 with a 2.83 ERA and has 42 strikeouts in 54 innings. Duffy is 1-4 with a 3.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Tigers.
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On the other side, the Tigers are 5-11 in the month of June and really look like a lost baseball team. The Tigers pitching staff now has an ERA of 4.22, which is 25th in the league, and they’ve allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Offensively, Miguel Cabrera has gotten on base at least once in 12 straight games and Nick Castellanos has five extra base hits in his last eight games. Anibal Sanchez takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 2.44 ERA and has 59 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. Sanchez is 3-2 with a 0.99 ERA in five career starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 12-4 in Duffy's last 16 starts and 6-2 in Duffy's last 8 starts as a road underdog. The Tigers are 3-7 in Sanchez's last 10 home starts and 2-5 in Sanchez's last 7 starts as a favorite. The Royals are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings in Detroit.
Would you pick against the Royals at this point? Better yet, would you pick the Tigers to win? Yeah, me neither.