Over the past few years, we have seen teams with seemingly insurmountable division leads collapse and miss the playoffs altogether. This usually requires a combination of the leading team going in the tank, while another team in the division gets red hot. The way things are playing out in the AL central right now, it does not appear that we will see such a change in the final few weeks of the baseball betting season. The Kansas City Royals will try to pad their lead when they head to Detroit to play the final game of a 3-game series on Thursday.
Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers MLB Free PicksDate/Time: Thursday, August 6th, 1:08 PMVenue: Comerica Park, Detroit, MITV: FS-D, MLBNRadio: 97.1 The TicketOpening Line: Kansas City -135 Yordano Ventura (6-7, 4.98 ERA) will start on Thursday as he looks to snag his third straight win.A season that began full of promise has turned into a bit of a nightmare for the Detroit Tigers (51-55). Management showed that they believed their season to be over when they shipped ace pitcher David Price to the Blue Jays at the deadline. The fact that Detroit has been unable to win a single series in the second half of the season probably prompted the decision to sell. It also doesn’t help that they are now 12.5 games off the pace in the division. They are only 4 back in the Wild Card race, but there are a lot of teams above them, many of whom are now starting to win on a very regular basis. Anibal Sanchez (10-9, 4.77 ERA) will start for Detroit, and will come into this game on a 2-game losing streak.
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Detroit now officially looks as though they are going through the motions, which is not something you can do when playing a team as good as the Royals. This should be another win for KC.Sources:ESPN.go.com (http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/31876/yordano-ventura)Sports.Yahoo.com (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7701/)
- Kansas City is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games
- Kansas City is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Kansas City is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
- Detroit is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Detroit is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
- Detroit is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City