MLB Betting: Sure Pick the Royals over the Tigers

Posted by Daniel Strum on Wednesday,September 2, 2015 2:34, EST in

There are a number of teams who have that one great pitcher that they and MLB betting fans wish could start every game. In the case of the Detroit Tigers, that man would be Justin Verlander. Their ace has been almost unhittable over his last few starts, but unfortunately for the Tigers, he seems to be the only one pulling his weight right now. Detroit will close out a 3-game series in Kansas City on Thursday.

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals MLB Betting Lines

Date/Time: Thursday, September 2,
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: FSKC, MLBN
Radio: KCSP 610
Opening Lines: Kansas City -188, Detroit +178
 


 
The Detroit Tigers (61-70) have only won 2 of their last 11 games, and it was Verlander who was on the mound for both. That just shows you the sort of impact he has made of late, and you get the sense that his talents are wasted on a team filled with guys who have quite frankly underperformed this season. This horrible stretch of games began when the Tigers lost 3 of 4 to the Texas Rangers, who just happened to be one of the teams competing with Detroit for the final Wild Card spots.

Texas took that win and ran with it, while Detroit seemed to take the loss to heart. They are now well and truly out of things in regards the playoff picture, and will now be looking ahead to some tough decisions in the offseason. Matt Boyd (1-5, 7.12 ERA) will get the start for the Tigers, and will be looking to avoid losing 3 straight.

The Royals (80-51) have now lost 2 games in a row, but you can’t say that either was totally unexpected. The first came against a desperate Tampa Bay Rays team who are fighting for their playoff lives, while the second came at the hand of Detroit and the aforementioned Justin Verlander. To talk about a minor losing streak with any kind of seriousness with this team is laughable, as they have a comfortable 12 game lead at the top of the division, and have rebounded from every such streak this season with 4 or 5 wins on the trot.

No-one wants to lose, but the Royals also know that these defeats mean very little in the grand scheme of things. They know that they are going to the playoffs, and that they will be going as the favorite in the AL. Edinson Volquez (12-7, 3.27 ERA) will get the start for the Royals, who have won all 3 of his last starts.

Key Betting Trends

  • Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit’s last 9 games when playing Kansas City
  • Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
  • Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 9 games when playing Detroit
  • Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit

Consider This Before Placing Your Bet

This is a total mismatch in number of ways, but most noticeably on the mound. Look for the Royals to rough up Matt Boyd on the way to a comfortable win.

Sources:

ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/34401/matt-boyd

Baseball-reference.com: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/volqued01.shtml