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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 9/26/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers (62-94) at Kansas City Royals (76-80)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

A Sanchez (3-5) (7.06) vs. J Vargas (17-10) (4.03)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -170 / Detroit Tigers +153 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, FS-Kansas City

The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals begin a three game AL Central division set from Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.

The Detroit Tigers will look to bounce back after dropping their last seven games, including consecutive 10-4 losses to Minnesota on Saturday and in Sunday’s series finale, resulting in two straight series on the wrong end of a sweep. Ian Kinsler went 1 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs, while Alex Presley went 2 for 5 with an RBI of his own in the losing effort. Dixon Machado and Jose Iglesias each added a double, while Nick Castellanos went 2 for 4 at the dish in the loss. Andrew Romine also contributed a base hit for the Tigers. Buck Farmer took the loss, falling to 4-5 this season after giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out five over five innings of work. Anibal Sanchez will start the opener and is 3-5 with a 7.06 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 6-5 with a 3.03 ERA and 63 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 9/26/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals will need a lot of help to make the playoffs and their margin for error got even slimmer thanks to an 11-3 loss to the Yankees in a makeup game on Monday. All of Kansas City’s damage on the scoreboard was done via the home run ball, with Salvador Perez hitting a two run shot and Mike Moustakas hitting a solo homer in the top of the 7th inning. Lorenzo Cain added a double, while Melky Cabrera, Eric Hosmer and Jorge Bonifacio each contributed a base hit in the loss. Jake Junis took the loss, falling to 8-3 this season after allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings of work. Jason Vargas will start the finale and is 17-10 with a 4.03 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. In his career, Vargas is 3-6 with a 6.86 ERA and 45 strikeouts against Detroit.

Detroit is 0-5 in Sanchez’s last 5 road starts against a team with a losing record and 0-5 in their last 5 road games while the over is 15-5-1 in their last 21 games overall. Kansas City is 16-6 in Vargas’ last 22 home starts and 1-4 in their last 5 division matchups while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a right-handed starter. Detroit is 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

Basically the Royals need a miracle to make the playoffs at this point, but the reality is they still have something to play for, unlike the Tigers, who have been out for months. Also Vargas has won his last three starts and he’s a lot easier to trust than Sanchez, who has Christmas tree potential any time he takes the mound as the dude is just prone to getting lit up. The price isn’t pretty, but I think the Royals take a must-win opener on Tuesday.

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