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Royals face Detroit Tigers: MLB odds preview and stats

Kansas City RoyalsDetroit Tigers
Aug 16, 7:08 PM | GrassComerica Park

Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Detroit and Kansas City on Friday, with the host Tigers trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

James Shields, with a record of 7-8 on the season, gets the ball for the Royals, while the Tigers trot Jose Alvarez to the mound in this one. He is 1-2 so far in 2013.

View Kansas City vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Tigers at No. 1 in the American League and the Royals at No. 4 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Detroit's American League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.1 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 12 and scoring 4 runs per game in the league. The Tigers have averaged 10 hits per game to date this season, more than the Royals hitters have managed (8.8 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the American League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3.6 runs per game on the highway. Detroit, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in scoring at home.

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.

A few Royals at Tigers trends to consider:
Kansas City8-2-1 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Kansas City17-6-1 SU in its last 24 games
Kansas City is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,
Kansas City is 1-9-1 SU in its last 11 games ,when playing on the road against Detroit
Detroit10-0-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Detroit9-1-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Detroit19-5-1 SU in its last 25 games
Detroit is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games ,

Next up:
Kansas City at Detroit, Saturday, August 17