MLB Pick of the Day: June 17 2014

GAME: Kansas City Royals (36-32) at Detroit Tigers (36-29)

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 17 – 7:08 PM EST

WHERE: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

Pitching Matchup: RHP Yordano Ventura (4-5, 3.20) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (8-2, 3.05)

LATEST ODDS: Tigers -170 Total 7.5

MLB Pick of the Day Record: 8-12 -621

Before last night’s results, the Kansas City Royals won 7 consecutive games catapulting them to 2nd place in the Central Division of the American League. During Kansas City Royal’s current streak, the potent offense of Kansas City has used the big inning to produce results…the Royals have banged in 3 runs or more in a frame 11 times since the start of the Interleague series with the Cardinals in St. Louis dating back on June 2nd, which led them going 9 of their last 11 games. During that 7 game winning streak that ended this past Sunday, Kansas City has had 8 big innings. The blazing hot Kansas City’s bats have made a lot of noise recently. Case in point, when the calendar switched from May to June, the Royals offense has exploded to score 64 runs in their first 13 games of the month for a batting average of .279 going 114 for 409 with 42 extra-base hits including 31 doubles, 2 triples, with 9 going yard for a .430 slugging percentage. When the Royals met Detroit’s Righty Max Scherzer on April 2nd their bats were cold from the winter’s frost as they only could generate 4 hits while getting shut out by Scherzer as they saw 7 men strike out in 8 frames.

Meanwhile, the 1st place American League Central Division Detroit Tigers currently leads the American League with a .273 team batting average. That is due to Victor Martinez ranks 2nd in the American League with a batting of .329 going 80 for 243. Also, Miguel Cabrera is 4th with a batting average of .325 correlating to 81 for 249. For the first time the Tigers will be introduced to Kansas City’s Right Hand Starter Yordano Ventura who is riding a career 2 game winning streak. Ventura will be facing his toughest batting order of his young career when he meets a Detroit team that has smashed 67 home runs but 53 against right hand pitching.

MLB Pick: Over 8

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