The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals meet in the final of their three games AL Central division in MLB action by Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.
The Detroit Tigers are looking to save a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set after a 4-1 defeat in game two on Saturday. Harold Castro had a triple and an RBI to make up the lone run for the Tigers in the loss, while Brandon Dixon, John Hicks and Jordy Mercer each had singles when the Tigers had only four hits as a team in the losing attempt. Matt Boyd took over the loss and dropped to 6-7 in the year after giving up four runs on six hits on a walk and three innings of seven innings. Jordan Zimmermann starts the final and is 0-6 with a 6.29 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. In his career, Zimmermann is 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 48 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look for the win after Saturday's win. Cheslor Cuthbert had two RBI's, while Bubba Starling and Nicky Lopez each also had an RBI to end KC's victory. Whit Merrifield hit 2 for 3 and Hunter Dozier added a double while Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler each singled to summarize the Kansas City foul in the winning attempt. Brad Keller got the win to improve to 5-9 in the year after allowing only one run in four hits, while hitting seven in eight innings. Ian Kennedy closed the 9th for his 13th save of the season. Homer Bailey starts game three and is 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bailey is 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Detroit.
Detroit is 6-18 in Zimmermann's last 24 starts and 11-40 in the last 51 games in general while the final score is 5-0 in Zimmermann & # 39; s last 5-way starts against a team with a losing record. Kansas City is 5-2 in Bailey & # 39; s last 7 division starts and 30-61 in their last 91 games overall while the over is 4-0 in Bailey & # 39; s last 4 starts against a team with a losing record. Detroit is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
Normally I don't try to put this kind of juice at the Royals, but the main thing is that Kansas City has been the better team in the first two games of the series and Detroit just looks like a team that has given up the fight already season Nor does it help that the Tigers simply don't win games with Zimmermann on the mound, losing each of his last eight starts and Zimm starting a start in which he gave up seven runs before the end of the 4th inning. Bailey has been throwing fairly decently lately, and given the situation between the two sides, I think that's enough to lay the juice with the Royals for Sunday's win.