Kansas City Royals (18-10) at Detroit Tigers (18-11)
|Date & Time||Friday May 8, 2015, 7:08 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers -153 / Kansas City Royals +143 --- Over/Under: 7.5
FS-Detroit, FS-Kansas City
The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals face off on Friday at Tiger Stadium for game one of their MLB series of American League Central teams.
The Detroit Tigers are in second place in the AL Central and are coming off of a win on Thursday. The Tigers are 8-5 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are a half of a game behind the Royals in the standings. As a team the Tigers are hitting .277 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .350, Jose Iglesias hitting .349, and Ian Kinsler hitting .292. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.99 with the starters at 3.99 and the bullpen at 4.00. For game one against the Royals the Tigers start David Price who has allowed 34 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 32 over 40 innings for a 3-1 record and a 2.92 ERA.
The Kansas City Royals are in first place in the AL Central as they look to get back to the World Series to avenge last seasons loss. The Royals are 7-5 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win on Thursday afternoon. As a team the Royals are hitting .289 with Mike Moustakas hitting .327, Eric Hosmer hitting .324, and Lorenzo Cain is hitting .323. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.36 with the starters at 4.50 and the bullpen at 1.57. For game one against the Tigers the Royals start Yordano Ventura who has allowed 23 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 20 over 27.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 4.94 ERA.
Detroit is 12-5 as a favorite, 16-7 against the AL Central, and 5-1 in Price’s last six starts. Kansas City is 14-3 as a road underdog, 17-7 against a team with a winning record, and8-1 in Ventura’s last nine road starts. Kansas City is 8-18 in their last 26 games in Detroit.
We have two good teams with two good arms going and I see the Tigers having a slight edge at home and they are my play here.