The Tigers and Royals take their series in Kansas City to a deciding third game on Thursday night, and it's no surprise to see the home team big chalk on the MLB odds.
There were plenty of bleacher souvenirs for Royals fans Wednesday night in a 12-1 shellacking of the Detroit Tigers. Kansas City slugged four homers and scored in each of the first five innings to provide Yordano Ventura with all the offense he would need, the victory leveling the series and sending the two teams to a decisive third game tonight.
The 8:10 PM (ET) start at Kauffman Stadium is another lopsided affair in KC's favor on the baseball betting card as Edinson Volquez takes his turn in the Royals rotation opposite Detroit's Matt Boyd. Volquez is fetching a moneyline price of -190 at 5Dimes, a little higher at some shops listed on SBR's live MLB odds, an 8½ run total priced to the 'under.'
Royals 0-2 In 2015 When Volquez Faces Tigers
Acquired from Toronto in the deal that sent David Price to the Blue Jays, Boyd's rookie season has been rough, to say the least. A 6th-round pick out of Oregon State by the Jays two years ago, Boyd has not been able to translate his minor league dominance to the big leagues, and a huge problem for the southpaw has been keeping balls in the yard with 11 home runs allowed in his first 36.2 MLB innings.
Boyd's one shining moment came in his Tigers debut August 5, and it came against this Royals lineup in Detroit. The 24 year old worked a career-high seven innings with a personal-best 106 pitches, scattering seven hits to surrender just one run. Kansas City manager Ned Yost might consider putting as many left-handed bats in his lineup since they're batting .388 against Boyd.
The Royals have won Volquez's last three assignments, all of which came on the road, though it took a little extra offense to get the dubya in Boston about 10 days ago. This will be his third start of the season against Detroit, the previous two also taking place in Kansas City and both ending in Royals defeats. There aren't any Tigers hitters with what you'd call a lot of experience against Volquez, Ian Kinsler (5-13, .385) having the most at bats along the way.
Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Still performing as a rover in his first season umpiring major league games, Ryan Blakney will work the plate for the series finale. Blakney is filling in on this crew for Lance Barksdale and calling balls and strikes for just the 18th time in his MLB career, the previous 17 running pretty even on the totals (8-9 O/U). Home teams have won nine of his 17 dish assignments, 6-6 as chalk on the MLB odds.
Clear skies with warm, muggy temps are once again in order for Kansas City, and another butt-kicking for Detroit is also in the forecast for my free MLB pick.
MLB pick: Royals -1½ (+105) at 5Dimes