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Detroit Tigers home to Royals in baseball betting action

Kansas City RoyalsDetroit Tigers
May 15, 1:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers Odds

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The Detroit Tigers battle the visiting Kansas City Royals on Sunday in MLB betting action at Comerica Park.

Kyle Davies gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Royals on this day; he's 1-5 on the season. The Tigers, meanwhile, will counter with Max Scherzer, who will be looking to improve on his 6-0 mark.

View Kansas City vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Detroit sat as -200 favorites. The total was set at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 10-ranked Tigers and the American League No. 8-rated Royals in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 5 ranked American League offense (4.7 runs per game) against a Royals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 10 in the American League at 4.5 runs allowed per game. The Tigers have been averaging 8.8 hits per game, less than the Royals have managed so far this season (8.9 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Detroit has the American League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 10 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 3-0 loser on the road against the Tigers. Bettors on Detroit at -160 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Kansas City didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Brad Penny in a losing cause, 3-0, against Detroit on Saturday.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 2-8
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

A few Royals at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City home to Cleveland, Monday, May 16
Detroit home to Toronto, Monday, May 16

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