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Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Preview

Kansas City RoyalsDetroit Tigers
Aug 29, 7:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers Odds

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The Detroit Tigers look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Royals arrive at Comerica Park on Monday.

The match puts starter Luke Hochevar for the Royals on the hill facing Max Scherzer for the Tigers. Hochevar brings a 8-10 mark to the game, while Scherzer is 13-7 to date on the season.

View Kansas City vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Tigers in this one will find them as -170 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 10 (Tigers) and the No. 9 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 5-rated American League offense, averaging 4.5 runs per game, against a Royals defense that ranks No. 12 in the American League at 4.8 in runs allowed per game. The Tigers have averaged 9.2 hits per game so far, less than Royals batters have averaged on the year (9.4 hits per game).

Kansas City brings the American League's No. 12-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Tigers' league No. 10-ranked defense.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Indians on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +153 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kansas City got the job done in their last match in a 2-1 victory over Cleveland on Sunday at Progressive Field behind starter Bruce Chen.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 11-4 result against the Twins on August 28. Bettors who backed the Twins at +106 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Tigers were saddled with a loss last time out in Brad Penny's start, as they lost 11-4 against Minnesota on Sunday at Target Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 3-7
After a win are 1-9

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Kansas City are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Royals at Tigers trends to consider:
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 when playing Detroit
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Kansas City is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Detroit is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Detroit, Tuesday, August 30