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Moneyline favors Tigers in battle with Royals

Kansas City RoyalsDetroit Tigers
Aug 17, 7:08 PM | GrassComerica Park

Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers Odds

64-57TEAM RECORD71-51

The Tigers get a visit from the Kansas City Royals in baseball action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Wade Davis, with a record of 6-9 on the season, gets the ball for the Royals, while the Tigers trot Doug Fister to the mound in this one. He is 10-6 so far in 2013.

View Kansas City vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Tigers as -175 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 1 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Royals, who rate an American League No. 4 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 1 ranked American League offense (5 runs per game) against a Royals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 1 in the American League at 3.7 runs allowed per game. The Tigers have been averaging 9.9 hits per game, more than the Royals have managed so far this season (8.8 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Detroit has the American League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

Kansas City was a 3-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Tigers. They won as -110 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors. Kansas City threw a shutout at Detroit in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by James Shields to defeat Detroit 3-0 on Friday.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Royals at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 9 games when playing Detroit
Kansas City is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing Kansas City
Detroit is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Detroit, Sunday, August 18