MLB Picks and Parlays: Kansas City Visits Detroit Wednesday Night
It’s hard to know what to make of Kansas City Royals. Do they have enough fight in them to make another playoff run? They had a disastrous start to their season, but fought through it in June and July and were challenging the Indians for the division lead as the non-waiver July 31st trade deadline approached. The wheels came off in August though as they went just 10-19 from July 31st-Aug. 30th. It included four straight shutouts at the hands of the Indians and Rays in the last week of the month.
But they started September on an up note taking two of three from the Twins who are holding down that last wildcard spot and then they won the first of this series against Detroit Tigers. But on Tuesday they were blown out 13-2 with their 14-win pitcher Jason Vargas on the mound.
A seven run second was the Royals undoing and the Tigers were paced by two home runs each from the young talent that’s being counted on as the team rebuilds. Jacoby Jones hit his second and third and John Hicks hit his third and fourth.
The win was Detroit’s first of the month after they were swept in four-game series by red-hot Cleveland to start off September.
This is a team that’s been selling off their talented veterans since the trade deadline, with Justin Verlander, their pitching ace and Justin Upton their best offensive player this year shipped out last week at the Aug. 31st waiver deadline.
They are just 8-22 in their last 30 games.
Jason Hammel (7-10, 4.80 ERA) is a bit of an enigma. He doesn’t walk many batters, a testament to his excellent control, yet he’s prone to giving up a lot of home runs when he does make a mistake. He’s allowed eight in his last four games, three each in losses to the Indians and A’s. Last time out he gave up four runs in 6.1 innings in a 7-6 win over the Twins. He had a 4.80 ERA in five August starts and the Royals lost four of them.
Matthew Boyd (5-8, 5.92 ERA) pitched very well last time out, allowing one run in five innings to the red-hot Indians in a 3-2 loss. It’s a lone bright spot in a summer of struggles as the Tigers have lost his last six appearances. The third-year player had an 8.75 ERA in five August starts and one bullpen appearance.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games
Kansas City is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 6 games on the road
- Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games at home