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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals Preview and Predictions 09-05-2019


Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd is feeling the effects of baseball's home run epidemic more than anyone and he'll try to figure out how to keep the ball in the park when the visiting Tigers attempt to avoid a three-game sweep against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon. Boyd has allowed a major league-most 36 homers - including 13 in his last five starts - but has yielded only two in 45 2/3 career innings at Kauffman Stadium.

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"It's the way the game is now," Boyd told reporters. "This is the hand we're dealt. We just throw the ball. We can't do much about what they give you to put in your hand. I (make) mistakes and they hit home runs.'' Glenn Sparkman on Thursday looks to end an eight-game winless streak (0-5) when he takes the mound for Kansas City, which prevailed 5-4 on Wednesday for its season high-tying fourth straight victory. One night after setting the Royals club record for home runs in a season, Jorge Soler extended the mark by hitting his 40th on Wednesday - his fourth blast in the last six games. Detroit has lost four straight and 19 of its last 24 games as it steamrolls toward what will likely be the second-worst season in club history.

TV: 1:15 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, FS Kansas City

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (7-10, 4.58 ERA) vs. Royals RH Glenn Sparkman (3-10, 5.86)

Boyd defeated Minnesota 10-7 on Saturday despite permitting five runs and six hits - four home runs - with 11 strikeouts in six innings. The 28-year-old Washington native was 0-4 over his previous nine starts, including an 11-6 loss to Seattle on Aug. 13 when he also allowed four homers. Kansas City's Whit Merrifield is 17-for-36 with zero home runs against Boyd, who is 4-9 with a 6.62 ERA in 18 starts versus the Royals - 1-2, 6.53 in four turns this season.

Sparkman yielded seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-8 loss to Oakland on Aug. 29. The 27-year-old Texan recorded two quality starts during his winless run but has an 8.26 ERA during that span, raising his season number by 1.32. Sparkman allowed two runs in two relief appearances covering 6 1/3 innings last season against Detroit.

WALK-OFFS

1. Kansas City RF Ryan McBroom on Wednesday drove in his first run while going 2-for-4 and is 3-for-7 with a walk in his first two major league games.

2. Tigers LF Christin Stewart is 9-for-29 during a nine-game hitting streak after going 1-for-4 on Wednesday.

3. The series is tied 9-9 heading into Thursday's season finale. Detroit has a losing record against all other American League Central teams.

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

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Last Injuries

Kansas City Royals

  • Jakob Junis

    Conditioning
    out for season | out

    Junis has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season due to load management.

  • Kelvin Gutierrez

    Toe
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Gutierrez has a fractured right toe and is expected to spend the remainder of the season on the 60-day injured list.

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Mondesi is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the White Sox on Thursday as he is expected to be given a day of rest.

  • Hunter Dozier

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Dozier is unlikely to play Wednesday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.

  • Jake Newberry

    Shoulder
    Prob Tues | probable

    Newberry has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to be available Tuesday against the White Sox.

Detroit Tigers

  • Matthew Boyd

    Personal
    Prob Sun | probable

    Boyd is tending to a family matter but is expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the White Sox.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Knee
    Out Sat | out

    Cabrera will not face the White Sox on Saturday due to knee soreness.

  • Daniel Stumpf

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Stumpf has been placed on the 60-day injured list with a left elbow strain and will likely miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Buck Farmer

    Heart
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Farmer missed the last game due to an accelerated heart beat and dizziness. His availability against the Indians on Wednesday is in question.

  • Jeimer Candelario

    Tricep
    Out Wed | out

    Candelario was absent from the lineup during the previous game with soreness in his triceps, and he will not play Wednesday against the Indians.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Cabrera sat out the previous game due to right knee soreness, but he is expected to be in the lineup for Monday's matchup against the Orioles.

  • Niko Goodrum

    Groin
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Goodrum has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left groin strain. He is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Nicholas Castellanos

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Castellanos is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the Padres on Thursday as he is expected to receive a day of rest.

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
Homer Bailey 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Jorge Bonifacio 5 5 20 3 7 3 0 0 3 10 0 7 0 .350 .500 .381
Whit Merrifield 155 154 652 100 196 39 9 16 74 301 18 121 10 .301 .462 .348
Hunter Dozier 132 131 496 71 139 28 9 26 83 263 2 137 2 .280 .530 .351
Terrance Gore 37 13 51 13 14 2 1 0 1 18 13 18 5 .275 .353 .362
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
Ian Kennedy 60 0 181 70 1 61 5 1 22 0 0 1 17 1048
Scott Barlow 58 0 201 89 3 62 6 3 33 0 0 7 36 1246
Kevin McCarthy 52 0 167 35 2 67 4 6 31 0 0 1 21 855
Jake Diekman 48 0 125 63 8 33 3 0 23 0 0 1 23 783
Wily Peralta 42 0 121 24 2 45 7 1 28 0 0 4 19 673
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Cam Gallagher 45 36 0 20 5 1 0 1
Meibrys Viloria 37 35 0 12 9 1 0 3
Martin Maldonado 23 20 0 9 1 3 0 1
Nick Dini 16 14 1 6 4 1 0 1
Adalberto Mondesi 100 99 0 0 0 6 0 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
Matthew Boyd 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Nicholas Castellanos 47 47 194 40 65 20 3 15 35 130 2 45 1 .335 .670 .372
Victor Reyes 61 55 244 26 74 15 5 2 21 105 6 58 2 .303 .430 .333
Harold Castro 92 82 334 29 100 9 4 5 38 132 4 79 2 .299 .395 .314
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
Buck Farmer 69 1 191 70 5 60 8 2 32 0 0 4 24 1115
Joe Jimenez 62 0 167 77 4 53 12 1 32 0 0 2 23 1007
Daniel Stumpf 48 0 87 28 0 35 5 1 18 0 0 3 15 522
Nick Ramirez 44 0 232 71 1 75 11 3 45 0 0 8 34 1304
Victor Alcantara 44 0 120 22 1 44 8 0 25 0 0 3 14 648
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Grayson Greiner 54 53 1 37 13 5 0 2
John Hicks 91 78 0 37 16 0 0 3
Bobby Wilson 15 15 0 11 1 0 0 0
Jake Rogers 31 31 0 10 7 1 0 8
Brandon Dixon 110 92 0 0 0 8 0 0