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MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/25/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
KANSAS CITY  SHIELDS )
 
DETROIT  VERLANDER )
+1.5  -135

-1.5  +115
+165

-175

7un
 
8
Final
3

KANSAS CITY (10 - 8) at DETROIT (10 - 9)
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Thursday, 4/25/2013 1:05 PM
JAMES SHIELDS (R) vs. JUSTIN VERLANDER (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
911KANSAS CITY+180Ov 7,+105+165Ov 7,+115
912DETROIT-190Un 7,-125-175Un 7,-135
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games10-8+3.27-114.10.2630.3113.60.2360.299
Road Games6-6+1.65-74.20.2570.3093.80.2510.312
vs Right-handed Starters8-5+3.65-84.30.2720.3173.30.2350.302
Past 7 Games4-3+2.33-43.40.2570.3013.60.2410.316
Grass Games10-8+3.27-114.10.2630.3113.60.2360.299
Day Games7-3+5.22-84.10.2770.3292.80.2560.295
Division4-3+12-53.30.2470.2932.70.2450.308
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.10.2630.3111861316149100.0271431211311820121411
Road Games4.20.2570.309124161073380.02493193107715597
Righty Starters4.30.2720.317134481224090.02542986689148136
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.021.16444.7151530622523-38280%
Road Games4.091.27333151524618372-35271.4%

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games10-9-2.212-64.60.2730.3404.20.2470.314
Home Games5-2+1.76-06.70.3400.4154.40.2580.323
vs Right-handed Starters9-6+110-54.70.2790.3453.80.2430.306
Past 7 Games3-4-1.84-32.70.2150.2954.60.2720.320
Grass Games10-9-2.212-64.60.2730.3404.20.2470.314
Day Games7-7-2.99-44.90.2820.3464.20.2470.320
Division2-2-12-23.70.2460.3314.50.2350.340
DETROIT - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.60.2730.3401970819346120.02857213691721741512
Home Games6.70.3400.4157250851750.024632382695074
Righty Starters4.70.2790.345155511543980.0169551098133152117
DETROIT - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games4.241.32063.7303051333791-44357.1%
Home Games3.921.35520.79916112200-12166.7%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/12/2013MENDOZA(R)TORONTOHAPP(L)4-8L+1008 unO543840
4/13/2013SHIELDS(R)TORONTODICKEY(R)2-3L-1357.5 unU890210
4/14/2013SANTANA(R)TORONTOMORROW(R)3-2W-1208.5 unU1091760
4/16/2013GUTHRIE(R)@ ATLANTAMEDLEN(R)3-6L1657 unO981953
4/17/2013DAVIS(R)@ ATLANTAMINOR(L)1-0W1557.5 unU851650
4/20/2013SHIELDS(R)@ BOSTONBUCHHOLZ(R)3-4L1258 unU1071761
4/21/2013SANTANA(R)@ BOSTONDEMPSTER(R)4-2W1408 unU850870
4/21/2013GUTHRIE(R)@ BOSTONWEBSTER(R)5-4W1408 unO971991
4/24/2013DAVIS(R)@ DETROITSCHERZER(R)5-7L1707.5 unO8719100
4/25/2013SHIELDS(R)@ DETROITVERLANDER(R) 
4/26/2013SANTANA(R)CLEVELANDKAZMIR(L) 
4/27/2013GUTHRIE(R)CLEVELANDJIMENEZ(R) 
4/28/2013MENDOZA(R)CLEVELANDMASTERSON(R) 
4/29/2013DAVIS(R)CLEVELANDKLUBER(R) 
4/30/2013SHIELDS(R)TAMPA BAYCOBB(R) 
5/1/2013SANTANA(R)TAMPA BAYHELLICKSON(R) 
5/2/2013 TAMPA BAY  

DETROIT - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/11/2013FISTER(R)TORONTOJOHNSON(R)11-1W-1358 unO16110990
4/12/2013SCHERZER(R)@ OAKLANDCOLON(R)3-4L-1157.5 evU1271860
4/13/2013VERLANDER(R)@ OAKLANDANDERSON(L)7-3W-1307 unO10607100
4/14/2013SANCHEZ(R)@ OAKLANDPARKER(R)10-1W-1308 ovO14110361
4/16/2013FISTER(R)@ SEATTLEHARANG(R)6-2W-1607.5 unO12100430
4/17/2013SCHERZER(R)@ SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R)2-1W-1156.5 evU711011102
4/18/2013VERLANDER(R)@ SEATTLEIWAKUMA(R)0-2L-1606.5 unU550960
4/19/2013SANCHEZ(R)@ LA ANGELSHANSON(R)1-8L-1208.5 unO101211680
4/20/2013PORCELLO(R)@ LA ANGELSRICHARDS(R)0-10L1009 ovO4501440
4/21/2013FISTER(R)@ LA ANGELSWILSON(L)3-4L1058 evU101328100
4/24/2013SCHERZER(R)KANSAS CITYDAVIS(R)7-5W-1807.5 unO9100871
4/25/2013VERLANDER(R)KANSAS CITYSHIELDS(R) 
4/26/2013SANCHEZ(R)ATLANTAMAHOLM(L) 
4/27/2013PORCELLO(R)ATLANTAMEDLEN(R) 
4/28/2013FISTER(R)ATLANTAMINOR(L) 
4/29/2013SCHERZER(R)MINNESOTAPELFREY(R) 
4/30/2013VERLANDER(R)MINNESOTAWORLEY(R) 
5/1/2013SANCHEZ(R)MINNESOTADIAMOND(L) 
5/2/2013 @ HOUSTON  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Royals-Tigers Preview* =======================

By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer

Kansas City (10-7) at Detroit (9-9), 1:05 p.m. EDT

Neither the Detroit Tigers nor the Kansas City Royals saw their starting pitcher turn in a great outing in Wednesday's opener of the shortened series, both struggling through unseasonably cold conditions. With Thursday's forecast looking a bit warmer, Justin Verlander and James Shields likely have better performances in mind as they take the mound for their respective clubs.

The two have started against each other twice before, with Shields and his former Tampa Bay team getting the better of the Detroit ace both times. But Verlander hopes to reverse that trend Thursday and continue his domination of Kansas City. He is 15-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 23 starts against the Royals, winning each of the last six decisions.

Detroit starter Max Scherzer and counterpart Wade Davis both struggled in the 39-degree weather Wednesday, with Scherzer giving up five runs in five innings and Davis seven in just 3 2-3, and it was the Tigers (10-9) taking a 7-5 victory.

"Pitchers need to be able to feel the ball with their fingertips - that's how they are able to manipulate it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "When it is this cold, you can't do that. I'm sure that was a big part of Wade's problem, but it didn't help Scherzer, either."

The Tigers snapped a four-game slide with lots of help from their bullpen, which threw four shutout innings. At the end was Jose Valverde earning the save with a perfect ninth in his season debut.

"This wasn't a first day - I've been here for four years," said Valverde, who signed a one-year deal on Wednesday after Detroit declined to offer him a contract in the offseason. "I just missed a couple weeks of weather like this."

Verlander (2-2, 2.13 ERA), who has struck out 29 in 25 1-3 innings, will try to stick longer than Scherzer did. He's coming off a 2-0 loss at Seattle, where he gave up two runs on a season-high nine hits in seven innings last Thursday. Both runs came in the seventh, with Kyle Seager providing the go-ahead RBI double with two outs.

"It was a bad pitch," Verlander, who struck out 12, said of the pitch to Seager. "Not taking anything away from him - he came up and jumped on a first-pitch fastball - but I didn't execute."

Shields (1-2, 3.00) didn't record a decision in his last outing but struck out eight while limiting Boston to one run on four hits over six innings, though Kansas City (10-8) lost 4-3. Shields needed 106 pitches to get through six innings and issued three walks.

"He struggled to find his control a little, which got his pitch count up," Yost said.

Shields is 5-1 with a 3.66 ERA in nine career starts against the Tigers.

Though Verlander has largely gotten the better of the Royals, Billy Butler is 21 for 53 (.396) off him with four doubles and two home runs. Verlander allowed seven earned runs with 13 strikeouts over 16 1-3 innings in his last two games opposite Shields, who gave up four earned runs over 14 2-3 with 12 strikeouts.


Last Updated: 10/25/2014 2:29:46 PM EST


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