MLB Game of the Day: Royals at Tigers

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Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (-172,
7.5)

The Detroit Tigers have a chance to move into a tie for first
place in the American League Central and have the man they want
on the mound in the second of a three-game series against the
visiting Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Reigning Cy Young Award
winner Max Scherzer gets the start for Detroit, which won the
series opener 9-5 to shave Kansas City’s lead to one game.
Scherzer is 9-1 at Comerica Park this season, but the one
defeat came at the hands of the Royals.

Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler usually torments the
Tigers, entering the series with a .327 career batting average
against them, but he was hitless in four at-bats Monday to
extend his overall slump to 1-for-20 over the past six games.
Salvador Perez, who also has a lifetime batting average of
better than .300 against Detroit, is 0-for-12 in his last three
contests following a six-game hitting streak. Left-hander Jason
Vargas will make his fourth start this season against the
Tigers, who trail Seattle by a half-game and Oakland by 1 1/2
for the top two wild cards.

TV: 7:08 p.m. ET, FSN Kansas City, FSN Detroit

LINE HISTORY: Pinnacle Sports opened the
Tigers as -160 and they are now -172. The total has held at
7.5.

INJURY REPORT: Tigers – RP Joakim Soria
(15-day DL, oblique).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Royals (-191), Tigers
(-177)

WEATHER FORECAST: Temperatures in the mid-70s,
wind blowing in from centerfield at 5 mph.

WHAT CAPPERS SAY:
“A sizable challenge awaits the
Royals this week, as they head to Detroit with a slumbering
offense in tow. Detroit needs to make hay while the sun shines,
and improve on a dismal home record in the next couple of
weeks.” “https://experts.covers.com/Handicapper/Sean_Murphy”>Covers
Expert Sean Murphy.

WAG WAR: Alex Gordon’s wife Jamie and Max
Scherzer’s wife Erica.

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PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Jason Vargas
(11-7, 3.14 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Max Scherzer (15-5, 3.25)

Vargas rebounded from a two-start losing streak in which he
yielded  21 hits to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a
victory at Texas last time out. Vargas has permitted two earned
runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts and has not
surrendered a home run during that stretch. Vargas has a 5-3
record and 2.12 ERA in 12 starts away from home, which includes
allowing three runs over 14 innings in two outings at Detroit.

Scherzer took a no-decision last time out after giving up three
runs (two earned) over six innings at Cleveland – his fourth
consecutive start on the road. He has been a far different
pitcher at Comerica, though, posting a 4-0 record and
surrendering a total of five runs in his last five starts.
Scherzer’s last home loss was against Kansas City on June 17,
when he was pummeled for 10 runs on 10 hits over four
innings.

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Royals are 1-5 in the last six meetings.
* Tigers are 9-1 in Scherzer’s last 10 starts vs. Royals.
* Royals are 0-4 in their last four vs. American League
Central.
* Under is 5-1 in Vargas’ last six starts overall.

COVERS CONSENSUS:
According to Covers Consensus, 59
percent of wagers are on the Tigers.

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