Stephen Nover Free Wednesday Play

On August 17, 2016, in Free Picks, MLB, by Stephen

Royals plus $1.08 at Tigers

Anibal Sanchez, he of the 6-12 record and 6.31 ERA, opened a favorite for Detroit.

Still need more reasons not to fade the Tigers? Didn’t think so. But just in case here are more arguments why the Royals are worth backing in this spot.

Kansas City is playing well winning eight of its last 10, including the past three. Detroit is not losing seven of its past nine.

The Tigers have been held to two or fewer runs in six of their last nine games. They have multiple injuries with the left side of their infield – third baseman Nick Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias – on the DL along with center fielder Cameron Maybin. Making things even worse for the Tigers is Miguel Cabrera has a left biceps strain. He missed last night’s game and is questionable here.

It’s difficult to win games when your bottom four hitters are James McCann (.210 batting average), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.200), Dixon Machado (.125) and Tyler Collins (.232). Those guys all started against the Royals last night. This lineup doesn’t exactly inspire memories of the 1934 Detroit Tigers.

Now back to Sanchez. He should be pitching in middle or long relief at best. At worst, he shouldn’t still be on a big league roster. He’s given up 23 homers, including four during his last start in which he was hammered for eight runs in four innings by Texas last Friday. The Tigers keep trotting him out to the mound, holding their nose all the while because Jordan Zimmerman and Mike Pelfrey are on the DL.

Detroit has lost 16 of the past 21 times Sanchez has started.

I much prefer Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Sure, Ventura has maturity issues. But there’s no denying his talent and nasty stuff. The key for Ventura is location and consistency. The buy sign is there now because Ventura is on a roll this month going 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in his last three outings. Go back to his last seven starts and you’ll find that Ventura hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in any of those appearances. So the consistency is there.

Ventura also has a good track record versus Detroit. He’s faced the Tigers nine times and is 6-0 with a 3.18 ERA.


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