Detroit Tigers (53-79) at Kansas City Royals (41-91)
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 29, 2018, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals -115 / Detroit Tigers +105 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Detroit Tigers could use a win here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Tigers have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Detroit Tigers have lost six straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 148 hits and 73 RBI while Jose Iglesias and Victor Martinez have combined for 216 hits and 91 RBI. Michael Fulmer gets the ball, and he is 3-9 with a 4.32 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. Fulmer is 2-4 with a 3.23 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals could also use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Royals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Kansas City Royals have won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 155 hits and 47 RBI while Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon have combined for 197 hits and 98 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 7-11 with a 4.85 ERA and 135 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 7-10 with a 4.63 ERA and 103 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 2-7 in their last 9 Wednesday games, 3-14 in Fulmers last 17 road starts and 6-21 in Fulmers last 27 starts. The Royals are 20-46 in their last 66 home games, 5-14 in their last 19 Wednesday games and 1-4 in Duffys last 5 starts. The Royals are 2-5 in Duffys last 7 starts vs. Tigers, 1-4 in Duffys last 5 home starts vs. Tigers and the over is 7-2-1 in Duffys last 10 starts vs. Tigers.
I'm not backing either one of these teams, as neither side plays with any consistency and the pitching staffs get rocked more times than not. Fulmer has allowed three or more runs in seven of his last 10 starts, and he has an ERA over five on the road. Duffy has allowed 14 runs in his last 16.1 innings and is allowing a .266 batting average on the season. No, thanks. I'll take my chances with the over on a reasonable total.