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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – July 15, 2016

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – July 15, 2016

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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Betting Preview

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

When: Friday, July 15, 2016, 7:10 PM ET

Line: Kansas City Royals (+135) vs. Detroit Tigers (-150); total: 8.5 view all MLB lines

TV Broadcast: FSKC, FSD

Writer’s Pick: Detroit Tigers (-150)


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Pitching Edge – Detroit Tigers (-150)

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Detroit should be feeling pretty good with Justin Verlander (8-6, 4.07 ERA) heading on the mound in this series opener with Kansas City. Despite holding a high ERA thus far this season, he’s shown moments of brilliance in brief stretches. His last two starts could attest to this, as the right-handed veteran has only allowed three earned runs along with 13 strikeouts during that span.

What’s more, Verlander could be in line for a solid outing against the Royals. He is 21-8 along with a quality ERA of 3.26, a 1.17 WHIP and .246 opponents’ batting average throughout 39 career starts in that particular matchup.

Batting Edge – Detroit Tigers (-150)

Aside from expecting excellent outing from Justin Verlander on the mound, the Tigers can also look forward to the hot bats of Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler to provide some key runs at the plate.

Martinez and Cabrera have arguably been the most consistent batters for Detroit this season, as both are batting team-highs of .305 and .293, respectively. The two have also fared well against the Royals throughout their respective careers.

The same could be said for Kinsler, too. He owns an impressive triple-slash line of .314/.360/.519 in the same matchup and current leads the Tigers in hits with 103. He’s also 6-of-9 lifetime against Kansas City’s scheduled starter, Ian Kennedy (6-7. 3.97 ERA).

Writer’s Prediction: Detroit (-150) delivers the first blow in this three-game series, 6-3.

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