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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 9/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers (62-96) at Kansas City Royals (78-80)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

D Norris (4-8) (5.59) vs. D Duffy (9-9) (3.68)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -182 / Detroit Tigers +172 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT, FSKC

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet Thursday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Detroit Tigers would love to get their first victory since September 17. The Tigers have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Detroit Tigers have lost five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 163 hits and 96 RBI while Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera have combined for 246 hits and 112 RBI. Daniel Norris gets the ball, and he is 4-8 with a 5.59 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. Norris is 0-2 with a 4.78 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.  

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - 9/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Royals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 189 hits and 92 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Whit Merrifield have combined for 337 hits and 126 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 9-9 with a 3.68 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 7-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 91 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 0-7 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 4-1 in Norris' last 5 road starts and 0-4 in Norris' last 4 starts. The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games, 2-5 in Duffys last 7 starts during game 3 of a series and 36-16 in Duffys last 52 home starts. The Royals are 3-7 in Duffys last 10 home starts vs. Tigers, the Tigers are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

This is a lot of juice to lay in a meaningless game at the end of the season, but the Tigers haven't won a game in two weeks and are throwing out a pitcher in Norris who has allowed five runs in four of his last eight starts and is allowing a batting average over .300 this season. Duffy has allowed two runs in each of his last three starts and consistently gives the Royals chances to win, especially at home. I'll take the Royals here even if the price is steep.

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