Detroit (7-4) at Kansas City (8-4)
When: Tuesday, April 19th 2016
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Time: 7:15 ET | TV: FSN Detroit, FSN Kansas City
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals open a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night. The Royals picked up right where they left off last season by winning eight of their first ten right out of the gate. The momentum was slowed over the weekend with two straight losses in Oakland. The offense sputtered a bit after Friday night’s victory scoring just five runs over the weekend. Kansas City managed just six hits and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in Sunday’s 3-2 setback. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas are doing their jobs as Hosmer has hit safely in eight straight and Moustakas has homered in four of the last eight games. The Tigers also stumbled a bit over the weekend losing two of three at Houston after taking 3-of-4 in a home-and-home series with the Pirates. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is off to a hot start this year leading the team in batting (.340) runs scored (11), RBI (10), and homeruns (4).
Pitchers: Tigers – Shane Greene (1-0, 2.57 ERA) | Royals – Yordano Ventura (0-0, 2.45)
Shane Greene gets his second start of the year after recording a save for the Tigers against the Marlins on opening day. Greene allowed two runs in the first inning against the Pirates last week, but held them scoreless over the next five, while striking out seven to earn the win. Greene has been strong in two career starts against Kansas City but was not able to come out with a win, going 0-1 with a total of three runs allowed – one earned – in 13 innings.
Yordano Ventura has had trouble getting run support in his first two starts. He’s allowed a total of three runs in 11 innings this season, but has two no-decisions to show for it. Ventura cut his walk total from six to three in his second start at Houston on Wednesday and made it through six innings in the 4-2 loss. Ventura is undefeated in six career games – five starts – against Detroit, posting a 4-0 record with a 3.86 ERA with 15 walks in 32.2 innings.
The last seven meetings between these two clubs last year went over the total. I’m going to ride that streak for at least one more game.
Pick: Over 8 +100