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Tigers vs Royals Baseball Game Preview

Detroit TigersKansas City Royals
July 7, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Odds

46-42TEAM RECORD36-51

The Kansas City Royals host Detroit on Thursday, looking to build on their 36-51 mark against the 46-42 Tigers in MLB betting action at Kauffman Stadium.

The match puts starter Max Scherzer for the Tigers on the hill facing Danny Duffy for the Royals. Scherzer brings a 9-4 mark to the game, while Duffy is 1-3 to date on the season.

View Detroit vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Royals in this one will find them as +115 underdogs on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 9.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Royals, most recently No. 13 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Tigers, who rate an American League No. 10 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas City's American League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Tigers offense rated No. 5 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Royals have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, more than the Tigers hitters have managed (8.9 per nine innings).

Defensively, Detroit features the American League's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.9 runs per game. Kansas City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 in the American League at home, scoring 4.3 runs per game.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Angels on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Tigers at +111 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Detroit got the job done in their last match in a 5-4 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday at Angel Stadium behind starter Brad Penny.

The Royals were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the White Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +135 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Royals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Edwin Jackson and the White Sox 4-1 on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Kansas City are 7-3
After playing LA Angels are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Chi White Sox are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Tigers at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Kansas City
Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Detroit
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
Kansas City is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
Kansas City is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Detroit at Kansas City, Friday, July 8