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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

Detroit Tigers (24-39) @ Kansas City Royals (21-45)

Probable Pitchers: Daniel Norris (2-5 4.60 ERA) vs. Danny Duffy (3-3 4.68 ERA)

MLB: June 12, 2019, 8:15 PM ET (Kauffman Stadium)

Line: Detroit Tigers +120 Kansas City Royals -163

Run Line: Kansas City Royals -1.5

Total: 8.5

Game 2 between two of the fourteen sub-.500 teams in the MLB this year will be live on ESPN+ from Kauffman Stadium. Last night resulted in an incredibly exciting and entertaining finish following a lackluster first three-quarters of the game.

The Detroit Tigers come back into the ballpark today suffering a 2-3 loss at the hands of their division rival Kanas City Royals. In a game where they seemed to have full control despite anything really happening things turned bad as they choked a 2-0 lead. Off the rip, the Tigers looked good with Spencer Turnbull on the mound pitching lights out only allowing 4 hits 2 walks and accumulating 5 strikeouts during the 6 innings he was in. That’s all you could ever ask for from your starter and he gave them the perfect opportunity to win but it wasn’t capitalized on. Nick Castellanos started the game off with a big shot for his 100th career home run to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead early in the first. His home run was followed by a Brandon Dixon homer in the fourth inning to take the lead 2-0. Those two home runs were great but when you only hit the ball 5 total times it’s hard to get much out of them. Often times you won’t win hitting only single shot homers, you needed runners on base and the Tigers fell victim to that last night

The last time these two clubs met the Tigers won the series taking games 1 and 3 at home as well as sweeping them back in April amidst a 5 game losing streak. Tiger fans are clinging on to those few good moments as its been a rough stretch only managing to capture 6 wins in their last 25 games and win 1 out of their last 7 series. The incredibly rough month of May transitioned seamlessly into June without skipping a beat. The Tigers have been batting .260 the last 7 days which isnt awful, especially compared to their .232 average on the season. The bad news is their opponents average a .263 BA and its hard to win baseball games when youre being out hit night in and night out.

Daniel Norris got the start tonight and has had a rough go at it so far this year. In his last start, he picked up a loss against Tampa allowing 11 hits and 3 earned runs over 5.2 innings. That stat line is rouhg as teams often struggle to pick up 11 hits through an entire rotation throughout a full nine-inning game. The three games prior to the 11 hit fallout Norris picked up 2 losses averaging 5.1 innings pitched, 6 hits and a 3.00 ERA. The Royals have been a weak spot for Norris in his career allowing 50 hits and 22 earned runs (.399 ERA) over 49.2 innings pitched in 10 games. Fans and betters taking the Tigers can only hope he strays away from his ways and pieces together a good start

The Kansas City Royals, on the other hand, capped off an exciting comeback against the Tigers in a 3-2 win. Jakob Junis started the day off struggling allowing 2 home runs in the first 4 innings before shaping up and ultimately being saved by an all-around clutch performance by the Royals. Scott Barlow came in and pitched 2 scoreless innings before exiting and Ian Kennedy picked up the save not allowing a run scored during his 1 inning. Offensively things were slow for the Royals all the way until the bottom of the seventh where Ryan O’Hearn kicked things off with a solo shot to cut the deficit to 1. One inning later Mondesi started the Royals rally with a huge double before being brought in by Victor Solar giving the Royals a great chance to take the lead with runners on. Terrance Gore came out to pinch run for the Royals and ended up stealing third before being batted in on a single by Cuthbert to score the last run of the game and gave the Royals the lead and ultimately batted in the game winner.

The Royals haven’t looked pretty this year, especially against the Tigers. They picked up their second win in seven contests against Detroit last night but hope to win their third tonight. Currently, this KC team is in the middle of their worst stretch all year winning only 6 of their last 24 and losing their last 10 series (minus series in which game was postponed vs. St. Louis.) and are neck in neck for the last place in the division with the Tigers. This team is batting only .227 in their last seven days of ball scoring and have scored only 16 runs compared to their opponents 28. It’s tough to win baseball games like that.

Danny Duffy will take the mound tonight looking to pick up his 4th win on the year coming off one of the worst starts of his career. Duffy allowed 4 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in just 2.1 innings against the Red Sox and was granted with a loss. Prior to that collapse, he picks up a win and a loss in three games averaging 5.7 innings pitched, 5.3 hits allowed, and a 2.6 ERA. After the Sox game his numbers would move to 4.8 innings pitched 5 hits allowed and 3 earned runs in that four-game stretch. A rough stat line to say the least. Against the Tigers, Duffy is 8-10 all time with a 4.49 ERA and 122 hits allowed.

Cover the Spread 365 Trends 

Detroit

Detroit are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.

Detroit are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against Kansas City.

Detroit are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games on the road.

Kansas City

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City’s last 11 games.

Kansas City are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games.

 Kansas City are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit.

FREE MLB PICK Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers

In game two of this three-game series, you could expect a bit more scoring from the Royals tonight as Daniel Norris hasn’t quite figured it out this year. Danny Duffy has proven he can hold his own especially against teams that struggle at the plate and he should be able to put on a strong outing. On the offensive side, both teams hit homers which opens the possibility for a blowout on either side or a tightly contested game from both teams. Time will only tell.

Pick: Kansas City Royals -130

Preston Clarke
Preston Clarke
Preston blends both disciplines with his extensive knowledge of college football and other sports to consider new ways of approaching the game. His outside the box approach to sports analysis finds himself constantly looking at things differently and looking for the little things that can ultimately be game changing.
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