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Aug 16, 1:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers Odds

62-57TEAM RECORD71-49

The Detroit Tigers host Kansas City on Friday, looking to build on their 71-49 mark against the 62-57 Royals in MLB betting action at Comerica Park.

Justin Verlander will take the mound for Detroit, and he'll carry a 12-8 record into the contest. Danny Duffy gets the ball for Kansas City; he's 0-0 so far this season.

View Kansas City vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Detroit was a -150 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The Tigers sit at No. 1 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Royals sit at an American League No. 4 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 1 ranked American League offense (5.1 runs per game) against a Royals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 1 in the American League at 3.8 runs allowed per game. The Tigers have been averaging 10 hits per game, more than the Royals have managed so far this season (8.8 hits on average).

Detroit owns the American League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Kansas City's American League No. 1-rated defense.

The Royals were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Tigers. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at -168 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. Kansas City suffered a 4-1 loss against Detroit on Thursday, as Jeremy Guthrie wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Comerica Park.

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

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

A few Royals at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing Detroit
Kansas City is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Kansas City is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Detroit is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Kansas City at Detroit, Friday, August 16