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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 9/6/13

Detroit Tigers (81-59) at Kansas City Royals (73-67)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Anibal Sanchez (R) (12-7) (2.676) vs. James Shields (R) (10-8) (3.031)

The Line: Kansas City Royals +106 / Detroit Tigers -116 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, Kansas City

The Detroit Tigers visit Kaffman Stadium in an AL Central tilt with the Kansas City Royals.

Although the Tigers don't appear to be in any danger of losing control of the American League Central, their play over the last few weeks hasn't been great. Detroit has dropped six-of-ten, capped off by a 20-4 pounding at the hands of the Red Sox on Wednesday. Generally speaking, the Tigers are usually the team delivering the blows, but nothing went right here, especially on the mound, where Rick Porcello allowed nine runs, followed by three relievers that gave up eleven. Prince Fielder led the offense with two hits, including a two run jack. The Tigers are scheduled to throw Anibal Sanchez in game one of their weekend series with Kansas City. Sanchez has been steady since leaving Miami with a 2.68 ERA covering 24 outings thus far.

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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 9/6/13

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If Kansas City wasn't so streaky and could elimiminate the dramatic swings, they could be closer to the top of the American League Central. Having said that, the Royals are on one of their hot runs and can't afford to lose or the postseason will be out of reach. KC stayed hot Thursday with a 7-6, 13 inning victory over Seattle that saw the team rally from a 5-0 deficit. Jeremy Guthrie gave up five runs through six innings, with Greg Holland blowing the save before four relievers held the M's scoreless. The bats totaled 19 hits and walked twice with Alex Gordon cracking a two run bomb, while Mike Moustakas clubbed a walk off jack in the 13th. Kansas City needs a big performance from James Shields when he takes the ball against the heavy-hitting Tigers on Friday. Shields has been doing his best to keep the Royals playoff hopes afloat with a 1.69 ERA over his last three starts.

I always say some games are better to watch than bet and I get that feeling here, but if I had to choose, which is what I do, it would be the Royals small and hope Big Game earns his name.

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