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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (77-76) at Detroit Tigers (82-70)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Comerica Park)

Y Ventura (11-11) (4.35) vs. D Norris (3-2) (3.63)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -135 / Kansas City Royals +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


Up at Comerica Park on Saturday, the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will be picking back up their MLB series. 

This will be game two of the set. In Friday’s opener, Detroit managed an 8-3 win. 

Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


RHP Yordano Ventura will be taking the hill on Saturday for the Royals. In his 30 starts and 11-11 record, Ventura has put up a 4.35 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP in 176 innings. Ventura logged a win his last time out against the White Sox, gong all nine innings with nine hits and three earned. 

Kansas City has a few noteworthy hitters at their disposal. Alcides Escobar has bagged 162 hits with 57 runs and 52 RBI. Eric Hosmer holds 157 hits with 78 runs, 23 homers and 97 RBI. Kendry Morales has 138 hits with 60 runs, 29 homers and 89 RBI. 

Over on the Tigers’ side, we’ll be seeing LHP Daniel Norris in the start Saturday. In his 12 games (11 starts) and 3-2 record, Norris holds a 3.63 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP in 57 innings. Norris got a win his last time out against the Indians, going five innings with five hits and one earned. 

It’s not hard to find the big hitters in Detroit. Miguel Cabrera leads the way on 173 hits with 34 homers, 94 RBI and 85 runs. Ian Kinsler has bagged 163 hits with 109 runs, 26 homers and 78 RBI. Victor Martinez has hit 155 times with 63 runs, 25 homers and 81 RBI. 

The Royals are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games, and 6-1 in Ventura’s last seven starts with four days’ rest. Kansas City is also 5-1 in Ventura’s last six road starts, and 8-2 in Ventura’s last 10 starts overall. 

As for the Tigers, they’re 1-5 in their last six game twos of a series, and 0-5 in their last five Saturday games. Detroit is also 5-0 in Norris’ last five starts, and 5-2 in Norris’ last seven home starts. 

This should be a pretty close game, and a relatively low-scoring one. I’ll take the home-town Tigers for the victory here.

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