Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (42-49) at Kansas City Royals (45-46)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Royals Stadium)
J Verlander (5-7) (4.66) vs. J Hammel (4-8) (5.02)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +105 / Detroit Tigers -115 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, FS-Kansas City
We have an AL Central division showdown on Wednesday as the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals in game three of their four game set.
The Detroit Tigers will be looking to build on their current four game winning streak, thanks to a 9-3 victory over the Royals in game two on Tuesday. Nick Castellanos fell a double short of the cycles, going 4 for 5 with a homer, a triple and five RBIs in the win. Victor Martinez went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs as Dixon Machoad added an RBI of his own in the win. Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton each went 2 for 5 with a double while Mikie Mahtook added a double of his own. Miguel Cabrera, James McCann and Alex Presley each contributed to the winning effort for Detroit. Matt Boyd got the win to improve to 3-5 this season after giving up all three runs on seven hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Justin Verlander will start game three and is 5-7 with a 4.66 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. In his career, Verlander is 23-10 with a 3.19 ERA and 255 strikeouts against Kansas City.
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The Kansas City Royals will try to bounce back after dropping the first two games of this series, including their game two loss on Tuesday. Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar each added an RBI while Whit Merrifield went 1 for 3 with a double, while Jorge Bonifacio, Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon and Ramon Torres each added base hits in the win. Travis Wood took the loss, falling to 1-3 this season after giving up six runs on nine hits over just 4.1 innings of work. Jason Hammel will start game three and is 4-8 with a 5.02 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hammel is 2-2 with an 8.02 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Detroit.
Detroit is 0-6 in Verlander’s last 6 road starts and 3-8 in their last 11 road games while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. Kansas City is 0-4 in Hammel’s last 4 starts and 1-7 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 division matchups. Detroit is 5-2 in Verlander’s last 7 starts against Kansas City.
The Detroit Tigers have quietly been playing some of the best baseball in the majors since the All-star break, which is what could be what the doctor ordered for Verlander. He hasn’t pitched well on the road this season, but Kansas City is one division rival he has had a lot of success against, so I’ll take the shot with Detroit here.