Detroit faces off against Kansas City in division matchup
Detroit; Saturday, 6 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Mike Montgomery (1-5, 6.02 ERA) Tigers: Spencer Turnbull (3-9, 3.72 ERA)
LINE: Tigers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Division rivals Detroit and Kansas City will play on Saturday at Comerica Park.
The Tigers are 17-31 against opponents from the AL Central. Detroit’s team on-base percentage of .294 is last in the American League. Miguel Cabrera leads the club with an OBP of .346.
The Royals are 22-36 against AL Central Division teams. Kansas City is hitting a collective .246 this season, led by Whit Merrifield with an average of .303. The Tigers won the last meeting 5-2. Edwin Jackson earned his second victory and Jake Rogers went 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Detroit. Brad Keller registered his 12th loss for Kansas City.
TOP PERFORMERS: Niko Goodrum leads the Tigers with 38 extra base hits and is batting .249. Brandon Dixon is 11-for-36 with a double, three triples, a home run and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Detroit.
LAST 10 GAMES: Tigers: 4-6, .280 batting average, 5.38 ERA, outscored by two runs
Royals: 1-9, .219 batting average, 6.40 ERA, outscored by 30 runs
Tigers Injuries: Jordan Zimmermann: (neck), Tyson Ross: (nerve), Matt Moore: (knee), Michael Fulmer: (elbow), Christin Stewart: (concussion), JaCoby Jones: (forearm), Jeimer Candelario: (thumb), Grayson Greiner: (back).