Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/10/14
Detroit Tigers (49-37) at Kansas City Royals (46-43)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Drew Smyly (L) (3-8) (4.257) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (5-7) (4.022)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -105 / Detroit Tigers -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, Detroit
The Detroit Tigers viisit Kauffman Stadium to open a series with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
Detroit has retaken first in the AL Central and now have the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and second place Kansas City when they open a series with their closest rivals. The Tigers have won seven of eleven after downing the Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday. Max Scherzer was in top form with a solo homer given up over seven frames to improve to 11-3. The offense didn't pound the ball on eight hits with four different different players recording RBI's with Austin Jackson smacking a double and triple while scoring twice. Drew Smyly opens the series on the mound at Kansas City on Thursday. Smyly is loooking to get back in the win column after dropping back to back contests where he gave up nine runs in eight frames.
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The Royals haven't been too hard to figure out as they win when the pitching and hitting have been competitive and lose if either unit struggles as neither appear strong enough to win on their lonesome. The Royals looked dead in the water until a 9th inning rally gave the team a much needed 5-4 victory at red hot Tampa Bay. Yordano Ventura was tagged with a 4th inning grand slam over five innings of work which appeared to be a losing effort before Salvador Perez turned a 4-2 deficit in to a 5-4 lead with a three run homer. Eric Hosmer also went deep as the Royals racked up eleven hits and walked four times. The Royals turn to Jeremy Guthrie on the bump in game one of the series versus visiting Detroit. Guthrie is looking to rebound from a 7-3 loss at Cleveland where he gave up six runs on eleven hits in 4.1 frames.
I am backing the Royals although I'm not 100% sold on them as they seem to squander more then their share of opportunities so take this for what it's worth...