Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals 9/8/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Kansas City Royals (79-62) at Detroit Tigers (78-65)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (10-10) (4.257) vs. Justin Verlander (R) (12-12) (4.803)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -140 / Kansas City Royals +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, FS-Detroit
The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals face of on Monday afternoon in Detroit in a pivotal day MLB matchup in the AL Central.
The Detroit Tigers have let the AL Central lead get away from them and they are competing just to get into the post season as we head into the final weeks of the season. The Tigers are 36-32 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and got a win on Sunday. As a team the Tigers are hitting .276 with Victor Martinez hitting 335, Miguel Cabrera hitting .309, and J.D. Martinez hitting .304. The Detroit pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 3.95 and the bullpen at 4.26. For Monday’s game the Tigers start Justin Verlander who is just .500 for the season. For the year Verlander has allowed 197 hits and 95 earned runs while striking out 139 over 178 innings for a 12-12 record and a 4.80 ERA.
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The Kansas City Royals control their own destiny for the post season and they have an opportunity to increase their lead by a full game on Monday in Detroit. The Royals are 41-30 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games and won on Sunday. As a team the Royals are hitting .261 with Alex Gordon hitting .277, Alcides Escobar hitting .276, and Billy Butler hitting .270. The Kansas City pitching staff has an ERA of 3.51 with the starters at 3.53 and the bullpen at 3.48. For Monday’s game the Royals start Jeremy Guthrie who has won five of his last six decisions. For the season Guthrie has allowed 193 hits and 86 earned runs while striking out 113 over 179.2 innings for a 10-10 record and a 4.31 ERA.
Detroit is 7-3 against the AL Central, 1-5 as a home favorite, and 4-1 in Verlander’s last five home starts as a favorite. Kansas City is 14-5 in their last 19 road games, 19-7 in game one of a series, and 6-2 in Guthrie’s last eight starts. Kansas City is 1-4 in their last five games against Detroit.
I expect to see hitting in this one and I like the over with my free pick. My stronger pick is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as the App.
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