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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (68-68) at Detroit Tigers (58-79)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)

J Vargas (14-9) (3.87) vs. A Sanchez (3-3) (7.42)

The Line: Detroit Tigers +160 / Kansas City Royals -170 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT, FSKC

The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers meet Tuesday in MLB action at Comerica Park.

The Kansas City Royals could use another win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Royals have scored 12 runs in their last two games and five or more runs in four of their last six games. The Kansas City Royals have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 163 hits and 80 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Whit Merrifield have combined for 285 hits and 106 RBI. Jason Vargas gets the ball, and he is 14-9 with a 3.87 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. Vargas is 3-5 with a 6.03 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers. 

Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Tigers look to play spoiler while snapping a five-game losing streak. The Tigers have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Detroit Tigers have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 130 hits and 80 RBI while Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias have combined for 217 hits and 90 RBI. Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 6.95 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 6-5 with a 2.94 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Royals are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series, 6-2 in Vargas' last 8 road starts and 1-5 in Vargas' last 6 starts. The Tigers are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series, 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games and 1-4 in Sanchezs last 5 starts. The Royals are 1-5 in Vargas' last 6 starts vs. Tigers, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and the over is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

Both of these pitchers have been absolutely rocked in each of their last three starts, so the over may be worth a look in a game that should feature high scoring. However, the Kansas City Royals should be looking at this series as a must-win as they hope to stay in the playoff race these next few weeks. So, in a game that could go either way due to the sloppy pitchers, I'm giving the edge to the club that's actually playing for something at this point in the season. 

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