Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Detroit Tigers (85-68) at Kansas City Royals (83-69)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Max Scherzer (R) (16-5) (3.255) vs. James Shields (R) (14-7) (3.149)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -120 / Detroit Tigers +100 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals play game two of their important series Saturday afternoon.
The Detroit Tigers have won eight of their last 11 games and are 17 games above a .500 record. The Tigers offense has found its groove, scoring 10 runs in Friday’s win and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Tigers have won 13 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Miguel Cabrera has an RBI in three of his last four games and Ian Kinsler has homered twice in his last five games. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 4.04, which is 23rd in the majors. Starting is Max Scherzer, who is 16-5 with a 3.26 ERA and has 237 strikeouts in 207.1 innings. Scherzer is 10-5 with a 3.74 ERA in 20 career starts against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals have lost seven of their last 11 games and are 14 games above .500. The Royals pitching staff has been shaky lately, allowing four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.51, which is 11th in the majors, and they’ve lost 12 straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Mike Moustakas has a hit in eight of his last 10 games. James Shields takes the hill, and he’s 14-7 with a 3.15 ERA and has 170 strikeouts in 214.1 innings. Shields is 7-5 with a 4.11 ERA in 18 career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 4-1 in Scherzers last 5 road starts and 47-17 in Scherzers last 64 starts overall. The Royals are 27-9 in Shields' last 36 starts with 4 days of rest and 38-17 in Shields' last 55 starts overall. The Tigers are 4-0 in Scherzers last 4 road starts vs. Royals, while the Royals are 1-4 in Shields' last 5 starts vs. Tigers.
This is a bigger game for the Royals if they want any shot of winning the division. I look for KC to bounce back here by getting the W.