Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/21/14
Detroit Tigers (86-68) at Kansas City Royals (83-70)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Rick Porcello (R) (15-10) (3.266) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (11-11) (4.302)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -110 / Detroit Tigers +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, FSN-KC, TBS
The Detroit Tigers look to sweep the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon.
The Detroit Tigers have won nine of their last 12 games and are closing in on a division title. The Tigers have been getting the job done with their bat, scoring four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games and winning eight of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Victor Martinez has a five-game hitting streak and Torii Hunter has an RBI in three straight games. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 4.02, which is 23rd in the majors. Starting is Rick Porcello, who is 15-11 with a 3.19 ERA and has 122 strikeouts in 197.2 innings. Porcello is 8-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 18 career starts against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals have lost eight of their last 12 games and are 13 games above a .500 record. The Royals offense has been inconsistent during this stretch, scoring three or less runs in six of their last 11 games. The Royals have lost four straight when scoring three or less runs. Salvador Perez has three hits in this series and Mike Moustakas has a hit in seven of his last nine games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.56, which is 13th in the majors. Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound, and he’s 11-11 with a 4.35 ERA and has 116 strikeouts in 190.1 innings. Guthrie is 8-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 21 career games against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 1-5 in Porcellos last 6 road starts and 0-4 in Porcellos last 4 starts overall. The Royals are 26-12 in Guthries last 38 home starts and 7-3 in Guthries last 10 starts overall. The Tigers are 6-1 in Porcellos last 7 road starts vs. Royals, while the Royals are 4-1 in Guthries last 5 home starts vs. Tigers.
The Royals can't possibly get swept in the most important series of their series, can they? The Tigers haven't been good lately with Porcello on the mound, I'll take my chances with the Royals at home for the solid price.