Free MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals: September 10th 2009
The Detroit Tigers have blown a couple of chances to extend their 5.5-game lead in the American League Central by dropping the first two games of this series vs. the lowly Kansas City Royals, but we look for Detroit to respond in emphatic fashion today.
Sure, Jarrod Washburn has been a major disappointment since being acquired by the Tigers, but facing Kansas City is just what he needs to return to the fine form he displayed while with the Seattle Mariners earlier this season. His best start in a Tiger uniform came against there Royals, when he tossed eight scoreless innings while allowing just three hits at Comerica Park on August 14, marking his sixth consecutive Quality Start vs. Kansas City over the last three seasons.
Lenny DiNardo is making his first start ever as a member of the Royals, but he has started in the Major League before with very mediocre results. In fact, he made 29 starts over the last three years for the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox, and he is 10-15 with a 4.93 ERA and an ugly 1.59 WHIP in his brief career. The southpaw must now contend with a Detroit lineup that has hit considerably better vs. lefties (.273) than vs. righties (.245) the last 10 games.
Besides, the Tigers are probably in a foul mood and can be expected to give their all today in an attempt to avoid what would be an embarrassing sweep at this time of the season.
MLB Free Pick: Tigers -1.5 (+100)