The Detroit Tigers will come home from a long road trip on the west coast on Tuesday to face their AL Central rivals, the Kansas City Royals. The Royals come to Detroit with a two-game winning streak after beating the Boston Red Sox in a double-header on Monday, with the Tigers coming off of three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels.
This series will host some great pitching matchups through the middle of the week, with two pitchers that are on a role, and then the aces.
Projected Pitching Matchups-
Tuesday- 7:08 PM ET
DET- Max Scherzer (1-0) 2.84 ERA
KC- Wade Davis (2-0) 2.25 ERA
Wednesday- 7:08 PM ET
DET- Justin Verlander (2-2) 2.13 ERA
KC- James Shields (1-2) 3.00 ERA
Thursday- 1:08 PM ET
DET- Anibal Sanchez (2-1) 1.75 ERA
KC- Luis Mendoza (0-1) 6.17 ERA
You might have to give the slight edge in the pitching matchups to the Tigers even though it could be a virtual toss-up in game one. Shields is a legitimate ace, but I have a hard time ever betting against Verlander who is the best pitcher in the game in my opinion. Game three you have to give the advantage to Sanchez without a doubt, but I have seen weirder things happen.
The Royals pitching however has been outstanding as of late, pitching at least through the sixth inning in their last seven games. This could be troubling considering all the trouble the Tigers had hitting the ball over the last week.
It could not even matter who the Tigers have throwing if they don’t score any runs, a problem as of late, scoring just four runs in the last three games. Prince Fielder has hit .185 over the last six games, only knocking in two runs. The trouble doesn’t stop there for the Tigers, they only have two players hitting over .300 in the last six games. If they want to get a series win over the first place Royals they need to hitter better with runners in scoring position.
A player the Tigers will have to shut down is Lorenzo Cain, who over the last five games has hit an amazing .556, and has an average of .367 so far this year. The game of baseball is often times decided by who is hot at the right time, and Cain seems to be hot right now as the Royals come in to play the defending American League champions.
In the other dugout, the Tigers have been beat up over the last few games. Four of the regular starters for Detroit are hitting under .200 in the last six games. They will have to bounce back in this series to get a win over a very tough Kansas City team.
I see this series being very close, the Royals very well could take two of three games, but at the same time the Tigers have the ability to sweep any team in the league if they get hot. The Royals have had the Tigers number over the years, often times beating Detroit despite having less overall talent. However, I see the Tigers coming out on top, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I was wrong.