Kansas City vs Detroit MLB Free Picks
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 Picks
Date/Time: Thursday, August 6th, 1:08 PM
Venue: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
TV: FS-D, MLBN
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Opening Line: Kansas City -135
The Royals (63-42) may have been a bit of a surprise package last season, but they have proven that what they managed in 2014 was no fluke. They look like a team determined to go one step further this year, and they made their intentions known when they landed Johnny Cueto from the Reds at the trade deadline. KC are coming into this series after a very rough, in more ways than one, series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only did the Royals lose 3 of 4 to the surging Jays, they also got involved in a bench clearing fracas on Sunday that could have turned out a whole lot worse than it did. That series loss seems to have awoken the Royals, which is bad news for the Tigers, who took a 5-1 beating in the first game of this series. 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.
Key Betting Trends
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
- 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
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.