Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/13/14
Detroit Tigers (52-37) at Kansas City Royals (47-45)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Justin Verlander (R) (8-7) (4.842) vs. Bruce Chen (L) (1-2) (7.450)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +110 / Detroit Tigers -120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, Kansas City
The surging Detroit Tigers hope to extend the lead in the Central with another win at Kansas City.
Detroit is shooting to right the ship from a slowdown that briefly cost them the lead in the AL Central and by all accounts they have with wins in eight of eleven where both the arms and bats have contributed. Detroit stayed on a roll with a 5-1 victory over the Royals on Saturday behind a solid outing from Rick Porcello and some late offense. Porcello allowed the lone run on six hit over seven frames to get the win. The bats hammered out eleven hits with Alex Avila going deep and driving in three while JD Martinez went solo. Detroit turns to former ace Justin Verlnder for Sunday's start at Kauffman Stadium. Verlander picked up a 14-5 decision versus the Dodgers despite allowing all five runs over six frames.
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The Royals are trying to recapture the mojo that carried them to the top of the American League Central several weeks ago. They are still waiting after Saturday's loss left the Royals with defeats in seven of eleven which is heading in the opposite direction of the rival Tigers. The Royals took another step in the wrong direction on Saturday and squandered a strong performance on the mound from James Shields who gave up two runs through seven innings with Aaron Crow serving up three runs in the 9th on a pair of homers. The offense mustered six hits with Billy Butler driving in Salvador Perez with the only run. Veteran left hander Bruce Chen makes his 5th start of 2014 and first against the Tigers. Overall Chen has struggled with a 1-2 record with 7.11 ERA.
I know Verlander has thrown the ball a bit better lately but not well enough to say the old Verlander is back. I guess Verlander over Chen is the choice but it's their bats I like the most...