Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (68-68) at Detroit Tigers (58-79)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
J Hammel (7-10) (4.80) vs. Matt Boyd (5-8) (6.10)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +137 / Kansas City Royals -147 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
Up at Comerica Park on Wednesday, the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will be finishing up their MLB series.
In the Monday opener, the Royals eked out a 7-6 win. On Tuesday Detroit snagged seven runs in the second inning en route to a 13-2 victory.
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For the Wednesday matchup, the Royals will be rolling with RHP Jason Hammel. In his 155.2 innings and 7-10 record this year, Hammel has a 4.80 ERA with 119 Ks and 41 BBs.
The Royals have some solid bats this year. Eric Hosmer had 163 hits, 82 runs, 23 homers and 80 RBI coming into Tuesday, and Lorenzo Cain managed 149 hits, 78 runs, 13 homers and 44 RBI in that time. On Tuesday, Cain had a solo homer; Hosmer went 0-for-3.
Over on the Tigers’ side, they’re sending out LHP Matthew Boyd on Wednesday. In his 103.1 innings and 5-8 record this year, Boyd has a 5.92 ERA with 85 Ks and 44 BBs.
The Tigers have a few key hitters as well. Nick Castellanos entered Tuesday with 130 hits, 64 runs, 20 homers and 80 RBI while Ian Kinsler had 109 hits, 75 runs, 14 homers and 39 RBI. Castellanos put up two hits in the Tuesday game; Kinsler had a hit and a run.
The Royals are 9-3 in their last 12 Wednesday games and 3-8 in their last 11 games versus a left-handed starter. Kansas City is also 4-1 in Hammel’s last five starts versus the AL Central and 3-7 in Hammel’s last 10 starts versus a team with a losing record.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 3-8 in their last 11 Wednesday games and 4-10 in Boyd’s last 14 starts in game three of a series. Detroit is also 0-5 in Boyd’s last five starts and 0-4 in Boyd’s last four starts with four days’ rest.
Hammel has been pretty consistent lately, if not solid. He’s given up either three or four earned in his last four straight starts, going at least 6.0 innings in each. As for Boyd, he coughed up 10 earned on 13 hits over two starts, but was solid against the Indians with 5.0 innings and one earned on five hits. I’m not crazy about Hammel right now, so if Boyd can have a good outing here I think the Tigers have a chance at a win.