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Tigers open marquee series vs. Royals

The Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander is 18-7 with a 3.23 ERA in his career against the Kansas City Royals as those teams begin a showdown for top spot in the AL Central division standings on Friday night.

Verlander is 13-12 with a 4.81 ERA on the season and he beat the Royals when he last faced them on September 8, giving up four runs in seven innings of work. Jason Vargas will get the ball for the Royals on Friday night; Vargas allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings against the Tigers on September 9.

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Opening Odds and Betting Line

The visiting Detroit Tigers were 108 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 8 at GTbets.eu for those preferring over under betting.

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Computer Prediction: Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Pick

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.1-4.4 win for the Tigers on Friday. Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 5.1-4.4 result in favor of the Tigers today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Royals sport a record of 83-68 heading into this matchup, while the Detroit Tigers sit at 84-68 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Detroit injuries news.

The Kansas City Royals sit at No. 21 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Detroit Tigers sit at No. 8 on the same chart.

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How Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Stats Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has baseball's No. 16-rated offensive output, at 8.92 hits per game. The Detroit Tigers average 9.66 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the list.

Detroit brings the No. 23-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Royals's No. 13-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Detroit was a 8-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Twins. They lost as -171 favorites, while the total score of 12 made winners of OVER bettors. The Tigers endured a 8-4 loss at the hands of the Twins on Wednesday, with David Price throwing 5 2/3 innings of 8-hit ball at Target Field.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 6-2 winner as they battled the White Sox at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at -109 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Royals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Chris Sale and the White Sox 6-2 on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Betting Odds Trends

Detroit is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games
Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games at home
Kansas City is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Detroit

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at Kansas City, Saturday, September 20th

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