Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals 9/20/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/19/2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City
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Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer (16-5), who is 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA this month, will get to face James Shields (14-7) and the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon.
Max Scherzer allowed four runs in seven innings against the Minnesota Twins on Monday and ended up with a no decision. He gave up seven hits in that outing and struck out five batters while walking one. Scherzer currently owns a 3.26 ERA and he has struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings this season.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has 14 hits in 36 at-bats versus Scherzer with four doubles, three home runs and five RBI. Eric Hosmer is just 7-for-34 against him in his career with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
In James Shields' start on Monday, he pitched seven innings against the Chicago White Sox and ended up with a no decision. He gave up three runs on 10 base hits in that game and struck out six without walking a batter. Shields now has a 3.15 ERA on the year and he has given up 8.9 hits per nine innings.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been able to get 19 hits in 52 at-bats against Shields in his career with eight doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Veteran Rajai Davis is just 2-for-18 against the right-hander with no walks and three strikeouts.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 80-66-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.3
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 67-76-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
09/17/14 C Alex Avila Head "?" Friday vs Kansas City Royals
09/02/14 P Drew VerHagen Back 60-day DL (7/15)
08/10/14 P Anibal Sanchez Pectoral 15-day DL (8/9)
06/25/14 P Luke Putkonen Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
05/02/14 P Joel Hanrahan Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
03/28/14 LF Andy Dirks Back 60-day DL (3/29)
03/28/14 P Bruce Rondon Elbow 60-day DL (3/29), out for season
03/27/14 SS Jose Iglesias Stress Fracture 60-day DL (3/29); out for season
Kansas City Royals
09/03/14 2B Christian Colon Finger 15-day DL (9/7)
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit
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