Detroit Tigers (36-31) vs. Kansas City Royals (38-32) — 1:08 PM EDT
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 78 degrees, chance of storms
The FIRST PLACE Kansas City Royals look to extend their lead on the Detroit Tigers in the third game of four this afternoon in Detroit. What a difference a month makes. One month ago, the Tigers stood at 27-12, in first place by seven games. Today they look like they may never win consistently again and have fallen a half game behind the Royals, winners of nine straight games.
When We Last Met
The game was pretty much over when Max Scherzer threw 50 pitches and allowed seven runs in the second inning. All told, Scherzer would be tagged with a career-high 10 runs. The Tigers put up some meaningless offense numbers and dropped the game 11-4, meaning that the duo of Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer have allowed 17 runs in the last two games and the entire pitching staff has yielded 21. Remember when people were saying the Royals couldn’t compete because of their offense? Yeah….
So the Tigers look to Drew Smyly (3-5, 3.58) to stop their latest skid and get back into first place. After a rough stretch, Drew has turned it around recently. The left hander has allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts, including being the hard-luck loser when he allowed one run on four hits in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota on Friday. Smyly was equally brilliant in his start in Kansas City on May 3, allowing just two hits and no runs in the 9-2 Tigers’ victory.
Jeremy Guthrie (3-6, 4.04) picked up a win in his last outing, when he allowed two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings against the White Sox on Friday. It snapped a three-game skid for the veteran and was his first win since May 9. In between those wins, Guthrie was 0-6 with five no-decisions. He has yet to face Detroit this season.
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-DH
- Victor Martinez-1B
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Alex Avila-C
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Don Kelly-CF
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Torii Hunter — Doubtful
- Luke Putkonen – Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan – Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – Out for season
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season
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