Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (57-60) at Detroit Tigers (63-54)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
I Kennedy (6-9) (3.91) vs. D Norris (1-0) (4.00)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -133 / Kansas City Royals +123 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers begin a three-game series Monday night on ESPN.
The Kansas City Royals look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Royals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Kansas City Royals offense has picked up over the last week, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 123 hits, Eric Hosmer has 65 RBI and Kendrys Morales has 19 home runs. Ian Kennedy gets the ball, and he’s 6-9 with a 3.91 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. Kennedy is 0-3 with a 4.34 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
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The Detroit Tigers look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Tigers have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 13 games. The Detroit Tigers offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 137 hits, Miguel Cabrera has 77 RBI and Victor Martinez has 21 home runs. Daniel Norris takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Norris’ second career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 16-38 in their last 54 road games and 1-7 in Kennedys last 8 starts. The Tigers are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 7-3 in Norris' last 10 starts. The Royals are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Detroit.
The Tigers are back at home after winning a series against a solid Rangers club, and they have to be confident with a wild card spot within reach. The Royals bats have heated up the last few days, but you have to give the edge to the home team with the better overall lineup and a team that's still playing for something.