Bet Tigers over Royals for Tonight's MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:44 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 12:44 PM UTC

The Kansas City Royals are the hottest team in the Major Leagues, but they’ll run into a buzz saw in closing out a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers Thursday afternoon. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League Central affair at Comerica Park.

Kansas City has won 10 games in a row, including a 2-1 victory over Detroit as +118 road underdogs Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in six contests.

The Royals are capable of continuing their great stretch of baseball which has led them to the top of the division standings, considering catcher Salvador Perez has hit safely in his last 12 contests.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 4-6 as underdogs of +125 to +150 when playing away from home this season, with the UNDER going 5-3-2 in that situation.

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Still Dangerous
Detroit’s pitching staff has allowed 24 runs in dropping the first three games of this series, which means the AL’s best offense must come to life in this matchup.

The Tigers pace the Junior Circuit with a .274 batting average, while designated hitter Victory Martinez leads all players with a .332 mark.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club has put together a 88-70 record in day games.

Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (4-5, 2.83 ERA) has led the squad to three consecutive victories, including a 9-1 road win over the Chicago White Sox last time out, as he scattered five hits over seven shutout innings.

The left-hander is 3-3 with a 1.72 ERA in eight road appearances (four starts), with opposing hitters batting .193 against him.

Duffy is 1-4 with a 3.89 ERA in seven career starts versus the Tigers.

Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.44 ERA) earned a 12-9 home victory over the Minnesota Twins in his last trip to the mound—giving up three runs and four hits over 6.1 frames.

The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in seven home appearances, while he’s served up just one home run in 62.2 overall innings.

Sanchez’ 0.99 career ERA versus the Royals is the lowest among all active pitchers with at least five starts against Kansas City.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 12-5 in their last 17 home games versus southpaw starters.

MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers 

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