Royals vs. Tigers - 6/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (33-32) at Kansas City Royals (35-30)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
J Verlander (6-5) (3.77) vs. D Duffy (2-1) (2.94)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +106 / Detroit Tigers -116 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals begin a four-game series late Thursday night.
The Detroit Tigers look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Tigers have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 4.35 and have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 82 hits, Miguel Cabrera has 37 RBI and J.D. Martinez has 12 home runs. Justin Verlander gets the nod, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.77 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 20-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 221 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look to build on their impressive five-game winning streak. The Royals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals offense has struggled a lot lately, but they have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 78 hits, Lorenzo Cain has 35 RBI and Salvador Perez has 11 home runs. Danny Duffy takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.94 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 3-6 with a 3.09 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. American League Central and 4-1 in Verlanders last 5 starts. The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League Central and 5-1 in Duffys last 6 starts. The Tigers are 4-1 in Verlanders last 5 starts vs. Royals.
While the Royals have caught fire during their five-game winning streak, Verlander is also somebody who has found his form again. You guys know how I feel about aces, as I take them whenever I can when getting cheap prices. The Tigers have to be the play here.