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Verlander takes the mound for Detroit

The Detroit Tigers will give the ball to ace pitcher Justin Verlander on Wednesday afternoon as they close out their three-game MLB betting series against the Kansas City Royals.

Verlander enters Wednesday's start at 8-4 with a 3.71 ERA on the season, and he's managed to pick up a win in each of his last four trips to the mound. The righthander held the Royals to one earned run over seven innings in his April 25 outing.

The Royals will rely on James Shields to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one; Shields is 2-6 this season.

View Detroit vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Royals in this one found them listed as moneyline underdogs of +125 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The Royals sit at No. 3 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tigers sit at an American League No. 1 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Kansas City owns the No. 9 ranking for hits in the American League at 8.7 per game. By contrast, the Tigers are rated No. 1 in the same category at 10.1 per game.

Defensively, Detroit features the American League's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.1 runs per game. Kansas City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the American League at home, scoring 3.6 runs per game.

In their last action, Detroit was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Royals. Bettors on Detroit at -162 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Tigers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Wade Davis and the Royals 3-2 on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 8-2
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few Tigers at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Kansas City's last 12 games

Next up:
Detroit at Minnesota, Friday, June 14
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, Thursday, June 13