Preview: Royals at Tigers

GAME: Kansas City Royals (51-47) at Detroit Tigers (45-53)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 25 - 7:10 PM EST
WHERE: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


Michael Fulmer had the shortest start of his career in stifling heat at Kansas City in his last start, but he gets a chance to redeem himself when the Detroit Tigers host the streaking Royals on Tuesday night in the second of a three-game series. Kansas City received 12th-inning homers from Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas on Monday for its sixth win in a row.

The Royals, who trail first-place Cleveland by 1 1/2 games in the American League Central, made a bold move for the stretch run by swinging a six-player deal with San Diego on Monday. They fortified their staff by acquiring three pitchers -- starter Trevor Cahill and relievers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter -- in exchange for pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood and a minor leaguer. "We needed to make sure we strengthened our pitching staff," Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said. "Obviously, Trevor Cahill can slide into a spot in our rotation." Detroit, which has lost four it six since ripping off four straight wins, could be selling off some key pieces as the trade deadline approaches.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Kansas City, FSN Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Danny Duffy (6-6, 3.71 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Michael Fulmer (10-7, 3.35)

Duffy earned the win last time out versus Detroit despite giving up four runs on nine hits over five innings, but he was a hard-luck loser in his previous turn after permitting one run over a season-high 8 1/3 innings versus Texas. He made seven appearances (five starts) against the Tigers in his 12-3 season in 2016, going 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA. Victor Martinez is 13-for-37 with three homers against Duffy.

Fulmer was battered by the Royals for eight runs (five earned) and seven hits over 2 2/3 innings to halt his four-start winning streak, during which he yielded eight earned runs and pitched at least eight innings on three occasions. That included 8 2/3 innings of three-run ball against Kansas City on June 29, when Fulmer took a shutout into the ninth. Eric Hosmer is 5-for-17 with two homers off Fulmer.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Royals have hit 12 homers in the past three games.

2. Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera is 2-for-19 with eight strikeouts over his last five games.

3. Royals OF Jorge Bonifacio has homered in three straight games.

PREDICTION: Royals 4, Tigers 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Kansas City 51-47 W6 30-23 21-24 12-7 19-23 15-12 5-5
Detroit 45-53 L1 25-22 20-31 10-10 24-20 7-17 4-6

Last Meeting

Kansas City Detroit
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/24/17 KC 5 x DET 3 .190 3 .627 .167 0 .422

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
KC A. Escobar .333 14 .751
DET M. Mahtook .394 13 1.065
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
KC E. Hosmer 3 8 7
DET N. Castellanos 3 6 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
KC 5.22 .283 74
DET 4.79 .269 79
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
KC E. Hosmer .311 116 .860
DET J. Upton .278 93 .873
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
KC M. Moustakas 29 50 64
DET J. Upton 16 59 61
Pitching ERA Avg K
KC 4.23 .251 748
DET 4.90 .260 740

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Kansas City Overall Detroit
51-47 W/L 45-53
51-47 RL W/L 48-50
44-49-5 O/U 51-41-6
4.27 Runs For 4.87
4.46 Runs Against 5.08
Kansas City A/H Detroit
21-24 W/L 25-22
24-21 RL W/L 23-24
23-18-4 O/U 21-24-2
4.18 Runs For 5.34
4.60 Runs Against 4.68
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