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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals Preview and Predictions 06-13-2019 in MLB


The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals boast several College World Series veterans, and those players will return to Omaha on Thursday when Major League Baseball is played in Nebraska for the first time. The Tigers and Royals started their three-game series in Kansas City, Mo., but conclude the set at TD Ameritrade Park with Detroit right-hander Matthew Boyd, who takes the ball Thursday, recalling his stellar performance in the 2013 CWS.

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"It was a lot of fun," Boyd told reporters about his four-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts over Indiana in an elimination game. "It was the last time I took the mound in an Oregon State uniform. It was a special game, big scene - it was win or go home sort of thing and we were facing the best offensive team in the nation. Just really, really special." Thursday's contest offers a diversion for the Royals (21-46) and Tigers (25-39), who split the first two games of the set with Detroit's 3-2 victory Wednesday giving it a 6-2 season series edge. Kansas City's Alex Gordon, a Lincoln, Neb., native who played in the 2005 CWS with Nebraska, hopes a homecoming of sorts helps him snap out of a 2-for-16 funk over the last four games. Homer Bailey tries to halt a five-game winless streak during which he is 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA for the Royals, who are 0-14-2 in their last 16 series and share the worst record in baseball with Baltimore.

TV: 8:08 p.m. ET, ESPN

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Matthew Boyd (5-4, 3.08 ERA) vs. Royals RH Homer Bailey (4-6, 5.90)

Boyd enters his unique start on a roll, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts. The 28-year-old Washington state native allowed three runs in each of his last two turns, settling for no-decisions in losses to Minnesota 6-3 on Friday and at Atlanta on June 2. Whit Merrifield, who delivered the walk-off hit that gave South Carolina the 2010 CWS title, is 12-for-28 with four RBIs and four doubles against Boyd, who improved to 4-7 with a 6.25 ERA in 15 starts against the Royals after defeating them 4-3 on May 3, yielding two runs with nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Bailey received a no-decision after permitting three runs and seven hits in six innings of Kansas City's 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The 33-year-old Texan, who threw no-hitters while with Cincinnati in 2012 and 2013, is 13-33 with a 6.18 ERA since the start of 2015. Bailey won at Detroit 15-3 on May 4, yielding two runs in seven innings, and is 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA in three starts against the Tigers.

WALK-OFFS

1. Detroit C John Hicks, who attended Virginia, is the only player to hit a home run in the CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium, which closed in 2010, and at TD Ameritrade Park, which seats 24,500 and hosts its ninth CWS beginning Saturday.

2. Kansas City starters boast a 2.51 ERA in their last four games with the shortest outing 6 2/3 innings.

3. Tigers CF JaCoby Jones, who played in the CWS with LSU, extended his career-high on-base streak to 17 games with two walks Wednesday and is batting .407 with a .470 on-base percentage during the run.

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Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Capacity: 40,052

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Last Injuries

Kansas City Royals

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Groin
    Out Wed | out

    Mondesi exited the previous game due to right groin tightness, and he will not be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Mariners.

  • Eric Skoglund

    Suspension
    June 26 | out

    Skoglund has been issued an 80-game suspension for violating the league's stance on performance-enhancing drugs. He will be allowed to play June 26 against the Indians.

  • Hunter Dozier

    Chest
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Dozier has landed on the 10-day injured list with tightness in the ride side of his thorax and is aiming to come off the IL during the latter part of June.

  • Alex Gordon

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Gordon is dealing with weakness in his right shoulder. It is unclear if he will play against the Twins on Saturday.

  • Alex Gordon

    Back
    Prob Fri | probable

    Gordon was held out of the previous game due to a compressed nerve in his back but is expected to play and start against the Twins on Friday.

  • Jesse Hahn

    Elbow
    Late June | 60-day IL

    Hahn is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is not expected to return until at least the latter part of June.

  • Lucas Duda

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Duda has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a lumbar strain. He is expected to be available for Thursday's contest against the Tigers.

  • Danny Duffy

    Leg
    Prob Wed | probable

    Duffy is projected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday versus the Tigers despite taking a line drive off of his right leg during the last game.

Detroit Tigers

  • Tyson Ross

    Elbow
    Mid July | 60-day IL

    Ross has been designated for the 60-day injured list with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow. He is expected to be out of action until at least the middle of July.

  • Jordan Zimmermann

    Elbow
    Prob Wed | probable

    Zimmermann has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a UCL sprain in his right elbow and was also dealing with a muscle strain. He is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

  • Grayson Greiner

    Back
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Greiner is on the 10-day injured list due to a lower-back strain and is likely to be away from the field until at least the latter part of June.

  • Jeimer Candelario

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | 10-day IL

    Candelario has landed on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, and it is uncertain if he will return to the field Saturday against the Indians.

  • JaCoby Jones

    Elbow
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Jones exited the last game due to a left elbow contusion, leaving his availability against the Indians on Friday clouded.

  • Josh Harrison

    Hamstring
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Harrison has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after undergoing surgery to repair a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and a partial tear. He is expected to return in six to eight weeks.

  • Jordy Mercer

    Quadricep
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Mercer has landed on the 10-day injured list with an acute on chronic muscle strain. He suffered a setback during his rehab stint, but he is aiming to return during the latter part of June.

  • Niko Goodrum

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Goodrum sat out the last game due to a right knee contusion, but he is likely to face the Royals on Thursday.

kansas-city-royals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Hunter Dozier 52 52 185 27 58 12 3 11 33 109 1 41 1 .314 .589 .398
Jorge Bonifacio 4 4 16 2 5 3 0 0 3 8 0 6 0 .313 .500 .353
Whit Merrifield 73 72 304 52 93 18 7 10 39 155 11 58 5 .306 .510 .353
Brian Goodwin 65 54 206 38 60 12 1 7 25 95 3 53 2 .291 .461 .349
Cheslor Cuthbert 16 16 63 5 18 2 0 3 11 29 1 19 0 .286 .460 .318
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jake Diekman 34 0 90 45 6 19 2 0 15 0 0 1 17 563
Wily Peralta 31 0 93 20 0 30 3 0 15 0 0 2 16 507
Brad Boxberger 28 0 78 26 0 24 3 0 16 0 0 3 17 466
Ian Kennedy 28 0 87 38 1 33 2 0 12 0 0 1 5 513
Scott Barlow 26 0 102 48 3 31 4 2 20 0 0 5 16 620
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Martin Maldonado 57 54 0 16 7 1 0 4
Cam Gallagher 24 19 0 10 2 0 0 0
Adalberto Mondesi 71 71 0 0 0 5 0 0
Alex Gordon 69 68 0 0 0 1 4 0
Billy Hamilton 63 60 0 0 0 0 2 0

detroit-tigers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Gregory Soto 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Victor Reyes 4 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 .667 .667 .750
Matthew Boyd 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Bobby Wilson 1 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .333 .667 .333
Miguel Cabrera 65 64 235 17 70 11 0 4 30 93 0 55 0 .298 .396 .359
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Victor Alcantara 34 0 94 17 1 29 6 0 17 0 0 3 11 500
Buck Farmer 32 1 83 32 2 31 4 2 17 0 0 0 10 489
Joe Jimenez 32 0 88 41 4 24 6 1 18 0 0 0 15 549
Daniel Stumpf 30 0 56 20 0 24 3 1 12 0 0 1 10 347
Shane Greene 29 0 87 29 1 16 3 1 8 0 0 2 9 437
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Grayson Greiner 43 43 1 27 11 4 0 1
John Hicks 40 37 0 18 8 0 0 2
Bobby Wilson 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Brandon Dixon 42 33 0 0 0 4 0 0
Buck Farmer 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0