Consensus Free Pick: Royals vs. Tigers August 17, 2016

The Detroit Tigers will host the Kansas City Royals for the finale of a three-game set Wednesday night. The Royals have won each of the first two of the series, and our experts have a clear opinion on whether they’ll complete the sweep tonight.

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Stephen Nover

Kansas City is playing well winning eight of its last 10, including the past three. Detroit is not losing seven of its past nine.  The Tigers have been held to two or fewer runs in six of their last nine games. They have multiple injuries with the left side of their infield – third baseman Nick Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias – on the DL along with center fielder Cameron Maybin.

Making things even worse for the Tigers is Miguel Cabrera has a left biceps strain. He missed last night’s game and is questionable here.
It’s difficult to win games when your bottom four hitters are James McCann (.210 batting average), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.200), Dixon Machado (.125) and Tyler Collins (.232). Those guys all started against the Royals last night. This lineup doesn’t exactly inspire memories of the 1934 Detroit Tigers.

Marc Lawrence

Yordano Ventura 11-2 career team starts during August; and 3.35 ERA with 1.14 WHIP last 7 starts. Tigers: Anibal Sanchez 1-8 team starts at night, and 1-6 team starts versus A.L. Central this season. With Sanchez a putrid 1-12 in his last 13 overall team starts, we recommend a 1* play on Kansas City.

Mike Lundin

The Tigers fell 6-1 last night, and they’re 0-6 in Sanchez’s last six starts after scoring two runs or fewer in their previous game and 0-7 in Sanchez’s last seven starts when their opponent scores five runs or more in their previous game.

Take Kansas City Royals

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