American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 11th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Tigers (35-27) at Kansas City Royals (29-32), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Max Scherzer (8-0, 3.24)
Kansas City - Wade Davis (3-5, 5.66)
(Sports Network) - Max Scherzer carries his unblemished mark into Kansas City
on Tuesday when the Detroit Tigers continue a three-game series versus the
Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Scherzer has been brilliant for the Tigers this season, especially lately, as
he is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA over his last four starts. The hard-throwing righty
beat the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, limiting them to a run and four hits over
seven innings. He also struck out nine to run his record to 8-0, while
lowering his ERA to 3.24.
With a win on Tuesday Scherzer will become the team's first starting pitcher
since Vern Kennedy in 1938 to start a season 9-0.
"I'm showing consistency with four pitches and I feel like that's really
what's allowing me to be effective and pitch deep into games and do all the
little things well," Scherzer said after the Tampa Bay win.
"I realize the league's probably going to make adjustments to me and I've got
to be ready to still pitch my best when maybe I don't have my best stuff."
Scherzer beat the Royals earlier in the year, but was not impressive in giving
up five runs in five innings. For his career he is 7-4 against them with a
3.84 ERA in 14 starts.
He may have his work cut out for him tonight against a red-hot Royals team
that took care of business in Monday's opener, as Lorenzo Cain's RBI single
capped a three-run third inning and proved to be the difference in Kansas
City's 3-2 triumph.
Jeremy Guthrie (7-3) limited the potent Tigers lineup to two runs on six hits
and three walks over 6 1/3 frames to help the Royals notch their sixth
straight victory, the club's longest win streak since taking seven in a row
from Sept. 10-17, 2011.
In fact, at 7-2 this month the Royals are one win away from matching their
total from May when they went a dismal 8-20.
Three Kansas City relievers combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Greg
Holland hurled a perfect ninth to nail down his 13th save.
Miguel Cabrera clubbed a two-run homer to account for Detroit's offense, while
starter Doug Fister (5-4) went the distance in defeat, giving up three runs on
nine hits over eight innings.
"I felt like I made some timely pitches when I needed to, but they hit a
couple balls that found holes," Fister said. "That's what they needed to do."
Hoping to keep the Royals rolling on Tuesday will be righty Wade Davis, who is
3-5 with a 5.66 ERA. Davis did not get a decision on Thursday against
Minnesota, as he allowed three runs - all unearned - and four hits in five
innings of a 7-3 win.
"(My) arm strength is getting up there," Davis said. "I feel like I'm getting
stronger, the consistency is getting easier. Right now, I'm just working on
Davis lost to the Tigers back on April 24 and is 0-1 in eight games (4 starts)
against them with a 3.90 ERA.
Kansas City has won two of three from the Tigers this season.
06/11 10:35:21 ET