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Kansas City Looks to Continue Dominance against Detroit

The Kansas City Royals will attempt to get back into the winner’s circle and will try to snap a two-game losing streak as they get ready to lock horns with the Detroit Tigers in an AL Central Division showdown with the opener of this three-game series set to be aired on Fox Monday at 1:10 p.m. ET and live from Comerica Park in Detroit, MI. Kansas City has won 9 of the last 11 tilts vs. the Tigers.

Game Time: 1:10 PM ET

Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

Spread: Detroit -114

Total: 8.5

The Royals profited from a day-off on Sunday as their finale against the Chicago White Sox was postponed due to inclement weather. They begin a six-game road trip after losing their first two games on Thursday and Saturday. They were trounced 14-7 in their home opener then couldn’t hold on to a 3-1 lead as the White Sox rallied in the eighth for 3 runs en route to a 4-3 loss.

The Tigers were also victims of some bad weather as two of their contests had to be postponed against Pittsburgh. They needed to play a doubleheader on Sunday in which they lost the first game 1-0 when they managed only two hits. The Tigers, who lost the opener 13-10 on Friday, also lost 8-6 in the second game of the doubleheader Sunday afternoon.

The Royals, who started their season with two straight losses, enter this affair as a +104 underdog according to BetDSI Sportsbook, with the total sitting at 8.5 runs. RH Jason Hammel (8-13, 5.29 ERA 2017) gets the call for the Royals while veteran LH Francisco Liriano (6-7, 5.66 ERA 2017) is slated to start for the Tigers in the series’ opener.

Hammel may be on his last gasp as a starter as he has struggled mightily in spring training sporting a 0-0 record with a 9.00 ERA in 4 starts with five homeruns allowed in 12 innings. The 35-year old faced the Tigers on five occasions last season and came up with a 1-0 record with a lofty 4.13 ERA. The South Carolina native is 3-2 with a 6.20 ERA in 11-career starts against the Tigers.

After being traded to the Astros on July 31 last season, Liriano’s role was strictly as a reliever where he compiled a 0-2 record with a 4.40 ERA in in 20 trips to the mound. The 34-year old won a spot in the Tigers’ starting rotation after allowing just 4 runs in 16 innings with 17 strikeouts good for a 2.25 ERA. The Dominican is 7-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 16-career starts against the Royals.

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Detroit 5 – Kansas City 3

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Kansas City:
Team record: 0-2 SU
Kansas City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games 
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games 
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games

Detroit:
Team record: 0-3 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games 
Detroit is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games 
Detroit is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Game:
Kansas City at Detroit Tuesday, April 3