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MLB betting line favors Tigers over Royals

Kansas City Royals

Detroit Tigers
0-2 April 03, 2014, 01:08 PM | Comerica Park 2-0

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Kansas City duelling Detroit on Thursday at Comerica Park.

Detroit hands the ball to starter Anibal Sanchez in this one and he'll try to improve on his 0-0 mark on the year. Kansas City counters with Yordano Ventura, who will try to quiet the fans and the Tigers bats at the same time. View Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers Odds and Stats.

The Tigers were listed as -183 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier at TopBet.

This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 16 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Royals, who rate a No. 6 in the latest survey.

The Royals were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Tigers. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at -184 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Kansas City lost in extra innings against the Tigers on Wednesday as Detroit edged them 2-1 at Comerica Park.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Detroit's No. 18-ranked scoring average of 3 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 24 and scoring 2 runs per game. The Tigers have averaged 7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Royals hitters have managed (6.5 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 3 runs per game on the highway. Detroit, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

A few Royals at Tigers trends to consider:
Kansas City is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
Kansas City is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Detroit is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games
Detroit is 14-4-1 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City home to Chicago, Friday, April 4th
Detroit home to Baltimore, Friday, April 4th