Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals Free Pick- 8/15/13
Kansas City Royals (62-56) at Detroit Tigers (70-49)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (12-8) (4.100) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (10-7) (2.578)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -210 / Kansas City Royals +195 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, FS-Detroit
The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals face off on Thursday in Detroit in game one of their weekend series.
After battling atop the American League Central for the first half of the season the Detroit Tigers have put some distance between themselves and the pack. The Tigers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 37-19 at home this season, and they have a six game lead in the AL Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .281 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .360, Torii Hunter has .306, and Jhonny Peralta hitting .305. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.55 with the starters at 3.42 and the bullpen at 3.84. For game one against the Royals the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez who has won his last three decisions. For the season Sanchez has allowed 104 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 139 over 125.2 innings of work for a 10-7 record and a 2.58 ERA.
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The Kansas City Royals have played some solid baseball over the past month but they more than likely dug themselves too big of a hole to get back into the race. The Royals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 29-28 on the road this season, and they are 7.5 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .260 with Justin Maxwell hitting .400, Eric Hosmer hitting .293, and Billy Butler hitting .289. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.52 with the starters at 3.89 and the bullpen at 2.71. For game one at Detroit the Royals start Jeremy Guthrie who lost last time out following four wins. For the season Guthrie has allowed 160 hits and 70 earned runs while striking out 86 over 153.2 innings for a 12-8 record and a 4.10 ERA.
Detroit is 18-5 in their last 23 games, 4-1 in their last five games against a team with a winning road record, and 4-0 in Sanchez’s last four starts. Kansas City is 8-1 in their last nine road games, 19-8 in their last 27 games overall, and 25-10 in Guthrie’s last 35 starts. Kansas City is 1-8 in their last nine games in Detroit.
This one should be a battle and for my first free pick it is just a lean to the over. I also have a free pick on the winning side and I will give out that FREE PICK on Thursday’s 1stQuarter Podcast.