May 3, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (front) is congratulated by third baseman Nick Castellanos (laughing) after scoring against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
After securing the series victory last night the Detroit Tigers aim to make it a sweep (and a perfect 5-0 start to the season) against the division rival Kansas City Royals
Detroit Tigers (16-9) at Kansas City Royals (14-15) — 2:10 PM ET
Kauffman Stadium — Kansas City, MO
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 77 degrees, sunny
When We Last Met
Drew Smyly was brilliant and the bats bats broke out for the second-straight night as the Tigers trampled the Royals 9-2 on Saturday. Smyly kept the Royals off the board for seven magnificent innings while allowing just four baserunners: one single, one double, and two walks to go with six strikeouts.
Offensively it was a barrage. All nine Detroit starters got into the hit column, and seven of the nine tallied an extra-base hit. In all it was a 12-hit, 9-run affair for the good guys.
Justin Verlander looks to continue his fine start to the year for the Tigers. In 40 innings (six starts) he’s posted a 2.48 ERA and 3.04 FIP. His xFIP is a more questionable 4.40, so he could be in more trouble if his fly balls start leaving the yard at a more normalized rate. He could counteract that by continuing to increase his strikeout rate which currently stands at just seven per nine innings.
Jason Vargas will get the start for the Royals. He’s gotten outstanding results on the year (2.40 ERA), but his 3.94 FIP and 4.22 xFIP suggest he’s actually pitched at a more average rate than the ERA line suggests. Vargas pitched very well against the Tigers back on opening week when he went seven innings with one run allowed (a home run) on six strikeouts and just one walk and five hits.
- Anibal Sanchez – 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – 15-day DL
- Joel Hanrahan – 15-day DL
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – 60-day DL
- Bruce Rondon – 60-day DL