Detroit Tigers (61-70) at Kansas City Royals (80-51) — 8:10 PM ET
Kauffman Stadium — Kansas City, MO
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 82 degrees, clear
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When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals met three weeks ago at Kauffman Stadium, and if not for five runs scored in the eighth and ninth innings, the Tigers would have been swept in that series.
The two teams opened this week’s series on Tuesday with the Tigers beating the Royals, 6-5. Detroit is 7-7 versus Kansas City in 2015.
The Tigers snapped their four-game losing streak with the help of Justin Verlander on Tuesday. One would think the pitching matchups would favor the Royals for the rest of the series, but left-hander Randy Wolf has pitched well with Detroit this season.
The 39-year-old is 0-2, yet owns a 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in two outings with the Tigers. In each appearance, Wolf threw seven innings, and in his last start, he allowed just one run on five hits.
24-year-old Yordano Ventura will take the ball for Kansas City. He hasn’t pitched well overall this season, but lately, Ventura has been on fire. Over his last four outings, he is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 11.52 K/9.
Who would have thought a couple weeks ago that a Wolf vs. Ventura matchup would result in a pitching duel? That might just be what fans will see Wednesday night.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Daniel Norris — 15-day DL
- Anibal Sanchez — 15-day DL
- Kyle Lobstein — 60-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season