Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (57-60) at Detroit Tigers (63-54)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
D Duffy (9-1) (2.82) vs. J Verlander (12-6) (3.42)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -135 / Kansas City Royals +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals look to inch closer to a wild card spot as they continue their pivotal series on the road with the Detroit Tigers.
The Royals have had a tough season and are in jeopardy of playing their way out of a chance at defending their crown as they are well back of the Tigers in the AL Central and will have a tough time getting into a wild card spot in the American League. Kansas City is coming off a win yesterday though and will send their new found ace in Danny Duffy to the bump as he looks to continue his remarkable season but he will match up with the resurgent Justin Verlander who is having another Cy Young type season and has been a huge part of the Tigers’ success this season. The Royals have turned it up of late though as they are 4-1 in their last five games overall and they seem to get up for Duffy this season and he will be out to keep the high octane Tigers offense at bay.
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The Tigers meanwhile are coming off a 3-1 loss yesterday thanks to the presence of Rally Mantis Junior which has taken the Royals dugout by storm but they get Verlander on the mound here and with the division crown in their sights they will be focused on putting runs up on the board. Detroit though did lose Miguel Cabrera yesterday thanks to a left arm injury and he may not be able to go in this one and obviously that has big implications as he still has plenty of pop in his bat and still hits for a very nice average.
The Royals are 4-1 in their last five against the AL Central, 4-1 in their last five against a righty, and 14-3 in Duffy’s last 17 starts while the Tigers are 9-4 in Verlander’s last 13 starts, 2-5 in their last seven overall, and 9-4 in their last 13 Tuesday games. The Tigers are the better team and need the win more but Duffy has been lights out of late and gets the bets of Verlander in this one.