Play the 'Total' for Tigers vs. Royals

Steven Suarez

Saturday, May 3, 2014 3:04 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 3, 2014 3:04 PM UTC

Having already built up a three-game lead atop the AL Central, the Tigers will want to continue to distance themselves by getting a win in Kansas City tonight. The MLB odds are even for both teams, so who do we think is worth taking with your sports picks?

Odds Overview
Some MLB betting sites have both teams available for action at -110, while others have the Tigers barely favored. For those interested in a total play, the number is currently at 8.5 and doesn't appear like it'll shift much leading up to the first pitch.

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Detroit Tigers (Drew Smyly)
The Tigers are in a good place right now. They've won three in a row, have gone 7-3 over their last 10, and have a comfortable lead in their division already.

Drew Smyly will pick up another start today with Anibal Sanchez still on the disabled list. Smyly looked great in his first outing, going six strong innings (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) in Detroit's loss to the White Sox.

Overall on the year, the left-hander is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Smyly, however, didn't have the best of numbers against Kansas City in 2013, having allowed seven hits and four runs in 6 and 2/3 innings (seven total appearances).

Smyly would love to get some love from his own offense tonight. The Tigers, despite having the second-best batting average (.275) as a team, have only scored 112 total runs this season, which would put them in 20th in the majors.

A slow start from Miguel Cabrera hasn't helped. He's batting .273 and only has two homers so far this year. You have to figure it's only a matter of time before the slugger returns to form, which will spell bad news for everyone else in the bigs.

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Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy)
After dropping two in a row, the Royals have fallen to an even 14-14 on the season, which is still good for second place in the AL Central.

Kansas City has gone a solid 8-5 at home thus far and has actually won each of their series (White Sox, Rays, Twins and Blue Jays) coming into this set with Detroit. The Royals need a win tonight to keep that streak alive.

With Bruce Chen on the disabled list, Danny Duffy will get the nod to take his place in the starting rotation.

The left-hander has been exceptional in the bullpen for Kansas City, having allowed only two earned runs over 8 and 1/3 innings. He has 11 strikeouts against only three walks. It doesn't hurt that Duffy has excelled as a starter in the past – he had a 1.85 ERA in five starts in 2013.

How have the Royals been doing offensively? Not too well. They're ranked 21st in the MLB in runs scored (110) and are also near the bottom in on base percentage and slugging. Lorenzo Cain is the only regular batting over .300, yet he's currently on the DL.


MLB Pick
Two young but very talented lefties will take the bump tonight and we feel as if there's value in selecting the UNDER with our MLB picks.

We've liked what we've seen out of Smyly and Duffy and you know they'll want to impress after each getting a chance to show their worth. Injuries have opened up huge opportunities for these two hurlers.

Both teams have struggled to put up runs on a consistent basis, so we like the chances of a pitchers duel taking place inside Kauffman Stadium.

Pick: UNDER 8.5

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