KANSAS CITY, MO (The Spread) – A huge battle tonight in the AL Central will ensue when the Royals host the Tigers at 8:10PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Royals are -119 money line favorites over the Royals, who are +110 money line underdogs. The total, meanwhile, is currently sitting at 7.5 for this all-important divisional matchup with major playoff implications.
The Tigers are 6-1 in their last seven games in Kansas City and 6-2 in their last eight games overall versus the Royals, but Detroit is also just 1-5 in Justin Verlander’s last six starts versus the Royals. They’re also 1-5 in Verlander’s last six starts with four days of rest, 4-11 in his last 15 starts as a road underdog and 0-7 in his last seven starts as an underdog of between +110 and +150.
The Royals, meanwhile, are 5-1 in Jason Vargas’ last six starts on Friday, 5-1 in his last six starts as a favorite of between -110 and -150, and 5-2 in his last seven home starts with the total set between 7 and 8.5 runs. The Royals are also 11-4 in their last 15 games during Game 1 of a series, 25-11 in their last 36 games as a favorite and 4-0 in their last four games following an off day.
As for the total, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams, 17-7-1 in the last 25 meetings in Kansas City and 7-3 in Verlander’s last 10 road starts versus the Royals. Thus, the under and Kansas City are two solid plays tonight based on the trends.