Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers 9/8/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/7/2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Comerica Park in Detroit
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Monday night, the Kansas City Royals will send Jeremy Guthrie (10 -10, 4.31 ERA) to the hill to take on the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander (12 -12, 4.80 ERA). Both pitchers will be making their 29th starts of the season.
Jeremy Guthrie missed getting the decision in his last start despite a great performance. Guthrie allowed just a run on 8 hits through 7 innings as he struck out 1 without issuing a single walk. It was Guthrie’s 2nd straight no-decision. In his last 10 outings, Guthrie is 5 – 3. Last season, Guthrie made 33 starts en route to a 15 – 12 record with an ERA of 4.04.
In 2013, Guthrie was 2 – 2 with a 4.61 ERA in 4 starts against the Tigers. This season, he is 1 - 1 in 2 encounters against Detroit.
Justin Verlander saw his 2 game win streak end after taking the loss his last time out. Verlander was torched for 7 runs and 9 hits (including a homer) in 6.2 innings. He walked a batter and struck out 7. Verlander has been up and down in recent starts and is 5 - 5 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Verlander posted a record of 13 – 12 with an ERA of 3.46 in 34 starts.
Last season, Verlander went 1 – 3 with a 3.27 ERA in 6 starts against the Royals. This season he is 1 – 2 in 4 starts against Kansas City.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 60-71-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 72-62-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.3
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/03/14 2B Christian Colon Finger out indefinitely
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
09/02/14 P Drew VerHagen Back 60-day DL (7/15)
08/10/14 P Anibal Sanchez Pectoral 15-day DL (8/9)
08/10/14 P Joakim Soria Oblique 15-day DL (8/10)
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
Tony's Pick: Take Detroit
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