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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (86-60) at Detroit Tigers (67-78)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)

J Cueto (9-12) (3.47) vs. J Verlander (3-8) (3.58)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -108 / Kansas City Royals -102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, FS-Kansas City

The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals face off on Friday in game one of their series of the last and first place teams in the AL Central.

The Detroit Tigers have had their worst season in several years but they are looking for a strong finish as they have won their last two games. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 33-38 at home, and they are 18 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .272 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .335, Jose Iglesias hitting .300, and Ian Kinsler hitting .300. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.75 with the starters at 4.84 and the bullpen at 4.58. For game one against the Royals the Tigers start Justin Verlander who has allowed 92 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 84 over 105.2 innings for a 3-8 record and a 3.58 ERA.

Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals are in first place in the American League Central but they are stumbling into the final weeks of the season. The Royals are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 37-33 on the road, and they have a 10 game lead on the Twins in the AL Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .270 with Lorenzo Cain hitting .308, Eric Hosmer hitting .300, and Kendrys Morales hitting .289. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.80 with the starters at 4.43 and the bullpen at 2.72. For game one at Detroit the Royals start Johnny Cueto who has been shelled recently and who has allowed 72 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 41 over 56.1 innings for a 2-6 record and a 5.43 ERA since being traded to KC.

Detroit is 8-17 in their last 25 games, 2-6 in game one of a series, and 1-8 in Verlander’s last nine home starts. Kansas City is 2-5 in their last seven home games, 3-9 in their last 12 games, and 0-4 in Cueto’s last four road starts.

Cueto has been awful since being traded to KC and Verlander is improving and I look for the Tigers to get the win here. 

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