1st Place Tigers Try to Bury Royals In AL Central Matchup

Detroit Tigers (-119) at Kansas City Royals (+110, 7.5 O/U )

The AL Central-leading Tigers try to continue their domination against the second-place Kansas City Royals on Friday night and stretch their AL Central lead to 6.5 games over KC. Detroit has outscored Kansas City 42-12 in Kansas City so far this year, all easy wins for the Tigers. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez, 5-3 with a 3.18 earned run average in 2014, will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers in their road matchup with the Royals. After giving up seven runs to the Rays last weekend, Sanchez will try to finish his first half strong against the Royals, whom he beat with seven innings of one-run ball earlier this season. He has a 1.04 career ERA against K.C. The Tigers are 8-7 in games started by him. Detroit is 26-15 on the road so far this year, and 51-37 overall. Over their last ten games, Detroit has gone 7-3.

Left-hander Danny Duffy will take the mound for the home team. By allowing four runs in Sunday’s loss at Cleveland, Duffy gave up as many runs as he had in his previous four starts covering 25 2/3 innings. He also gave up two homers but no walks in his six innings. The Royals are 5-7 in games started by him. Kansas City is 26-21 on the road so far this year, and 47-44 overall. Over their last ten games, Kansas City has gone 5-5. The game time temperature will be 90°F with winds blowing out at 11 mph. The humidity will be around 53%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Duffy: 24 years old left-hander, 6’3” 200 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup,

About the offense of the Detroit Tigers:

Runs per game (league ranking), 3 (4.86 per game) : Home Runs, 7 (95 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 1 (.281) : OB%, 1 (.335) : Slugging, 2 (.448)

      Walks, 20 (2.8 per game) : Strikeouts, 29 (6.8 per game) : Stolen Bases, 11 (58 SBs)

      Last seven games, 1 (.945 OPS) : Last 14 games, 1 (.862 OPS) : Last 28 games, 1 (.865 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 2 (.774 OPS) : Versus lefties, 2 (.803 OPS)

          Home, 2 (.795 OPS) : Away, 3 (.769 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 17 (.730 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 1 (.825 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 5 (.787 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 4 (.785 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 18 (.657 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 1 (.804 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 3 (.750 OPS)

                    First five innings, 1 (.814 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 4 (.742 OPS)

                      Sanchez: 29 years old right-hander, 6’0” 205 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, changeup, curve

                      Power Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 93: 2014 velocity, 91.9: velocity over the last two weeks, 92.7

                      Offense Rankings of the Kansas City Royals:

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 14 (4.13 per game) : Home Runs, 29 (55 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 5 (.264) : OB%, 16 (.315) : Slugging, 21 (.378)

                          Walks, 30 (2.4 per game) : Strikeouts, 30 (6 per game) : Stolen Bases, 3 (77 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 14 (.723 OPS) : Last 14 games, 10 (.723 OPS) : Last 28 games, 5 (.752 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 14 (.696 OPS) : Versus lefties, 23 (.683 OPS)

                              Home, 26 (.675 OPS) : Away, 9 (.707 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 29 (.600 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 11 (.689 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 23 (.697 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 19 (.718 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 18 (.657 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 15 (.711 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 24 (.660 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 15 (.717 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 24 (.650 OPS)

                                          Nationals Heavy Road Favorites At Philadelphia in MLB Action

                                          Washington Nationals (-140) at Philadelphia Phillies (+129, 7.5 O/U )

                                          Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, 6-4 with a 2.79 earned run average in 2014, will be the starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals in their road matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Zimmermann continued his All-Star first half on July 6, throwing six scoreless innings with five strikeouts against the Cubs. Since May 28, the right-hander’s ERA has dropped from 4.07 to 2.79. The Nationals, 11-7 in his starts, have gone over 40% of the time in those starts. Washington is 21-22 on the road so far this year, and 49-41 overall. Over their last ten games, Washington has gone 7-3. However, they need to bounce back from their first series loss since mid-June. The Nationals dropped two of three in a rain-shortened series against Baltimore, including a 4-3 defeat Thursday that cut their division lead to a percentage point over Atlanta.

                                          Right-hander A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the home team. Burnett allowed five hits, three runs and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings against the Pirates on Sunday. He is somebody to watch this month as he could be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Phillies, 9-10 in his starts, have gone over 47% of the time in those starts. Philadelphia is 23-24 on the road so far this year, and 41-51 overall. Still nine games back, The Phillies took some tentative steps back into the race by sweeping four games at NL-best Milwaukee this week. They totaled 25 runs in the series and batted .435 with runners in scoring position over the final three games, compared to .149 in the previous 11.

                                          Forecasts are calling for 82°F temperatures with winds blowing at 7 mph. The humidity will be around 51%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                          Burnett: 36 years old right-hander, 6’4” 230 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup,

                                          Ground Ball, Power Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 92.5: 2014 velocity, 91.5: velocity over the last two weeks, 92.2

                                          About the offense of the Washington Nationals:

                                          Runs per game (league ranking), 15 (4.11 per game) : Home Runs, 14 (78 HRs)

                                            Bat Ave, 19 (.247) : OB%, 18 (.314) : Slugging, 15 (.385)

                                              Walks, 13 (3.1 per game) : Strikeouts, 9 (8.2 per game) : Stolen Bases, 22 (47 SBs)

                                              Last seven games, 5 (.794 OPS) : Last 14 games, 5 (.784 OPS) : Last 28 games, 21 (.686 OPS)

                                                Versus Righties, 21 (.680 OPS) : Versus lefties, 7 (.753 OPS)

                                                  Home, 14 (.717 OPS) : Away, 19 (.679 OPS)

                                                    1st Inning Production, 16 (.732 OPS)

                                                      Facing a Power Pitcher, 19 (.657 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 14 (.731 OPS)

                                                        Facing a fly ball pitcher, 9 (.752 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 18 (.657 OPS)

                                                          Run Production at Night, 13 (.716 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 22 (.664 OPS)

                                                            First five innings, 22 (.690 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 6 (.716 OPS)

                                                              Zimmermann: 27 years old right-hander, 6’2” 220 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, curve, changeup : 2013 velocity, 93.9: 2014 velocity, 93.8: velocity over the last two weeks, 94

                                                              Offense Rankings of the Philadelphia Phillies:

                                                              Runs per game (league ranking), 24 (3.86 per game) : Home Runs, 22 (75 HRs)

                                                                Bat Ave, 28 (.238) : OB%, 27 (.300) : Slugging, 29 (.362)

                                                                  Walks, 14 (2.9 per game) : Strikeouts, 9 (8.1 per game) : Stolen Bases, 8 (61 SBs)

                                                                  Last seven games, 25 (.635 OPS) : Last 14 games, 28 (.595 OPS) : Last 28 games, 28 (.625 OPS)

                                                                    Versus Righties, 29 (.647 OPS) : Versus lefties, 14 (.711 OPS)

                                                                      Home, 28 (.655 OPS) : Away, 24 (.670 OPS)

                                                                        1st Inning Production, 12 (.744 OPS)

                                                                          Facing a Power Pitcher, 8 (.707 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 25 (.693 OPS)

                                                                            Facing a fly ball pitcher, 27 (.673 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 18 (.657 OPS)

                                                                              Run Production at Night, 29 (.641 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 13 (.703 OPS)

                                                                                First five innings, 29 (.665 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 26 (.649 OPS)

                                                                                  Yankees Home Underdogs Tonight Against Division Rivals Rays

                                                                                  Tampa Bay Rays (-122) at New York Yankees (+113, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                                  Left-hander David Price takes the mound tonight for the road team Tampa Bay Rays. He is 6-7 on the year with a 3.63 ERA. Price looked dominant Wednesday against the Pirates when he allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out 11 in 8 1/3 innings to earn his sixth win of the season. Price is 5-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 11 career starts at new Yankee Stadium. The Rays are 9-8 in games started by him, and have gone over 53% of those games. The New York Yankees will send right-hander Hiroki Kuroda out as their starter; he has a 5-5 record so far in 2014. Kuroda helped the Yankees snap a four-game losing streak with a strong effort in his last start, in which he surrendered three runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays. He is searching for consistency from start to start. The Yankees are 7-9 in games started by him, and have gone over 38% of those games. Forecasts are calling for 83°F temperatures with winds blowing _at 14 mph. The humidity will be around 65%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                                  Tampa Bay Rays versus Kuroda: 38 years old right-hander, 6’1” 190 pounds. Throws: fastball, splitter, slider, curve : 2013 velocity, 91.5: 2014 velocity, 90.8: velocity over the last two weeks, 90.9

                                                                                  Runs per game (league ranking), 28 (3.7 per game) : Home Runs, 28 (48 HRs)

                                                                                    Bat Ave, 17 (.249) : OB%, 16 (.316) : Slugging, 27 (.365)

                                                                                      Walks, 16 (2.9 per game) : Strikeouts, 26 (7) : Stolen Bases, 25 (31 SBs)

                                                                                      Last seven games, 11 (.759 OPS) : Last 14 games, 18 (.698 OPS) : Last 28 games, 29 (.631 OPS)

                                                                                        Versus Righties, 17 (.695 OPS) : Versus lefties, 22 (.666 OPS)

                                                                                          Home, 7 (.748 OPS) : Away, 29 (.628 OPS)

                                                                                            1st Inning Production, 29 (.548 OPS)

                                                                                              Facing a Power Pitcher, 14 (.678 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 20 (.695 OPS)

                                                                                                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 25 (.666 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                                                                                  Run Production at Night, 17 (.702 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 23 (.658 OPS)

                                                                                                    First five innings, 21 (.691 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 17 (.679 OPS)

                                                                                                      New York Yankees versus Price: 27 years old left-hander, 6’6” 225 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, curve, : 2013 velocity, 93.5: 2014 velocity, 92.3: velocity over the last two weeks, 92.8

                                                                                                      Runs per game (league ranking), 22 (3.89 per game) : Home Runs, 24 (61 HRs)

                                                                                                        Bat Ave, 26 (.239) : OB%, 20 (.313) : Slugging, 28 (.359)

                                                                                                          Walks, 3 (3.5 per game) : Strikeouts, 5 (8.4) : Stolen Bases, 5 (59 SBs)

                                                                                                          Last seven games, 29 (.587 OPS) : Last 14 games, 30 (.596 OPS) : Last 28 games, 27 (.649 OPS)

                                                                                                            Versus Righties, 21 (.692 OPS) : Versus lefties, 19 (.709 OPS)

                                                                                                              Home, 9 (.734 OPS) : Away, 23 (.666 OPS)

                                                                                                                1st Inning Production, 12 (.755 OPS)

                                                                                                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 28 (.598 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 22 (.692 OPS)

                                                                                                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 22 (.691 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                                                                                                      Run Production at Night, 23 (.683 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 11 (.725 OPS)

                                                                                                                        First five innings, 13 (.725 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 26 (.653 OPS)