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Chicago White Sox

The safest prediction to make for the White Sox is that 2019 cannot be as miserable as 2018, even if the franchise manages to lose 100 games again.

It couldn’t be. Not after relief pitcher Danny Farquhar nearly died in the dugout with a blood clot on his brain in April. And 2017 top draft pick Jake Burger ruptured his left Achilles tendon in spring training before tearing it a second time in May. And top pitching prospect Michael Kopech was shut down for Tommy John surgery in early September after making four impressive starts in the big leagues. And the team’s aggressive rebuilding push was stalled when other top prospects Zack Burdi, Dane Dunning, Alec Hansen, Micker Adolfo and Luis Robert lost significant development time to injuries. The Sox needed more than a talent infusion — they needed an exorcism.

Add that backdrop to a team that set the major league record for strikeouts and lost 27 of its first 36 games, and the Sox have to be better this season, especially with the additions of Ivan Nova to the starting rotation, Alex Colome to the bullpen, catcher James McCann and first baseman Yonder Alonso.

But the primary improvement must come from the team’s young veterans as well as the touted arrivals from the farm system. 

Cleveland Indians

The Indians will dip their big toe into the uncertain waters of rebuilding this season. It’s not a total rip-it-down-to-the-studs rebuild, but the signs are there. Besides that, they’ll try to do the hardest thing in baseball — win while turning over big chunks of the roster. Thank goodness for the AL Central.

Manager Terry Francona’s team has won three straight division titles and is favored to win a fourth in 2019, but the cast of characters has changed. Free agents Michael Brantley, Andrew Miller, Lonnie Chisenhall, Josh Donaldson and Rajai Davis are gone. Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Yandy Diaz were traded so the Indians could reduce the payroll.

What remains is a finely tuned starting rotation led by two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber and two of the best young position players in baseball — Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. The bullpen has closer Brad Hand and little else. The outfield is an empty page of players such as Bradley Zimmer, Tyler Naquin and Leonys Martin coming off injuries and/or life-threatening illnesses. The final story in the green pasture of Progressive Field is a long way from being written.

The Indians have posted six straight winning seasons. In that time they’ve made four postseason appearances, won three division titles, one pennant and reached Game 7 of the World Series. A seventh consecutive winning season is in order, and so is another trip to the postseason, but this is the most vulnerable the Indians have been since they shocked baseball by winning 92 games in 2013 after losing 94 games the previous year. If a hot team emerges from the rubble of the rebuilding AL Central, they’ll have a chance to beat the Indians.

Detroit Tigers

Four years after their last playoff appearance and 20 months after the trade of Justin Verlander signaled a new direction, the Tigers are deep in the throes of a difficult rebuild as the 2019 season approaches, having nearly halved their payroll from the free-spending days of just a couple years ago. Longtime designated hitter Victor Martinez, who retired, is the latest glory-era cornerstone to disappear into the sunset, but the Tigers are still hamstrung by the $55 million — roughly half their projected 2019 payroll — they will pay this year to untradeable veterans Miguel Cabrera and Jordan Zimmermann. The meager pickups the Tigers made this winter — lefty Matt Moore, shortstop Jordy Mercer, righthander Tyson Ross — are best viewed as stopgaps or potential trade chips in July. On the heels of consecutive 98-loss seasons, this should be another tough year at Comerica Park.

Kansas City Royals

Speed and defense (along with a shutdown bullpen) were at the heart of the Kansas City Royals’ surge, culminating with the 2015 World Series championship. The club hasn’t finished above .500 in the three seasons since, matching the second-most losses in franchise history in 2018 (104). But GM Dayton Moore has made it clear that nothing has changed philosophically for Kansas City, which plays in a relatively cavernous ballpark and still covets athleticism — the fuel for its speed and defensive preference. The Royals largely sat on the sidelines during free agency, but the addition of former Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton — one of the league’s fastest players and best defenders — reinforced Moore’s vision for victory as the rebuild enters its second year.

Minnesota Twins

In almost every way imaginable, 2019 will mark the dawn of a new era in Minnesota. New manager Rocco Baldelli takes over a team missing the on-field and off-field cornerstones of its last half-decade. The front office tandem of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine has a hand-picked skipper, a new-age coaching staff and a roster they’ve begun to reshape in a manner more affirmatively characteristic of their approach to the game. 

Joe Mauer’s retirement and various expiring contracts left the team tremendous payroll flexibility, and they used it to collect players whose price tags made them undesirable to other teams, despite good talent. Betting on talent, in the absence of consistent production, will define 2019 and could set the direction of the franchise in years to come.

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MLB InGame Showdowns

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Nationals at Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have relieved heavily on homers of late, with 20 of their last 22 runs scored courtesy of the long ball. After Didi Gregorius recorded his third multi-homer performance of the season in the opener, the Yankees (43-19) vie for a sweep of the abbreviated two-game interleague series versus the visiting Washington Nationals (36-28) on Wednesday.

Gregorius is batting .313 over his last 12 games after belting a pair of solo homers in Tuesday’s 3-0 triumph for New York, which has won 10 of 12 overall and 18 of its last 22 at home. The Yankees’ bullpen pushed its scoreless innings streak to 21 2/3 innings with 3 1/3 spotless frames in the opener, lowering its ERA to a majors-best 0.63 in 42 2/3 innings over the last 14 games. New York’s fourth shutout this season resulted in the second time in as many games that Washington has been blanked, with the latter collecting just eight hits in the process. Manager Dave Martinez said Bryce Harper is expected to be fine after the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player was hit in the elbow and foot by a pair of pitches in Tuesday’s tilt.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN, MASN (Washington), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Erick Fedde (0-1, 4.76 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Sonny Gray (4-4, 4.81)

Multiple media outlets reported that Fedde is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to replace fellow right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who was shuffled to the disabled list on Sunday with an ailing shoulder. The 25-year-old allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss against San Diego on May 23 in his lone spot start with the Nationals. Fedde has a 3-2 mark with a 4.76 ERA in 56 2/3 innings with Syracuse this season.

Gray was saddled with a no-decision on Wednesday despite retiring the first 12 batters he faced while scattering two hits and striking out eight over eight scoreless innings against Toronto. The 28-year-old has recorded quality starts in three of his last four trips to the mound. Gray has limited the current crop of Nationals to just a .219 batting average against him, although the hurler has yet to pick up a decision in two career starts versus the club.

WALK-OFFS

1. New York manager Aaron Boone said slumping C Gary Sanchez, who is mired in a 4-for-53 stretch with 18 strikeouts, is expected to sit out his second straight game on Wednesday.

2. Washington CF Adam Eaton has hit safely in both games since being activated from the 60-day disabled list.

3. The Yankees are expected to call up Jonathan Loaisiga to replace fellow RHP Masahiro Tanaka to start either Thursday or Friday’s game against Tampa Bay.

Rockies at Phillies Preview

Scott Kingery has been shuffled around the field this season as the Philadelphia Phillies try to find a home for the promising prospect. The 24-year-old looks to follow up a season high-tying four-RBI performance on Wednesday as the Phillies (34-30) bid for a series victory versus the reeling Colorado Rockies (32-34), who have dropped a season-worst five straight and nine of 11.

Kingery belted a three-run homer for his first blast since April 10 as Philadelphia claimed an early lead and held on for their second straight win with a 5-4 triumph on Tuesday. Cesar Hernandez has hit safely in four consecutive contests and scored a run in three straight and six of his last seven for the Phillies, who evened their six-game homestand at 2-2 and improved to 21-11 at Citizens Bank Park this season. Trevor Story had two singles to record his fourth straight multi-hit performance on Tuesday and crossed the plate twice in the opener to give him six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak. Story will get his first look at right-hander Nick Pivetta while left-hander Tyler Anderson will get the nod for the Rockies.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountains (Colorado), NBCS Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies LH Tyler Anderson (3-1, 4.81 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Nick Pivetta (4-5, 3.76)

Anderson recorded his fourth straight no-decision on Thursday despite working a season high-tying seven innings against Cincinnati. The 28-year-old allowed just two runs on five hits versus the Reds and kept the ball in the park after being taken deep eight times in his previous six outings. Hernandez (6-for-9) and Maikel Franco (3-for-7) have gotten their licks in on Anderson, although the left-hander has flustered both Aaron Altherr (0-for-5, three strikeouts) and Odubel Herrera (0-for-3, three strikeouts).

Pivetta has answered a three-start winning streak with three straight losses after permitting four runs on six hits in five frames in Thursday’s 4-3 setback versus the Chicago Cubs. The 25-year-old British Columbia native has yielded nine earned runs over 14 innings while allowing the opposition to bat .294 against him during his losing skid. Pivetta was torched in his lone appearance against Colorado, yielding eight runs on as many hits in 2 2/3 innings at Coors Field on Aug. 5.

WALK-OFFS

1. Colorado LF Gerardo Parra has recorded five multi-hit performances in his last eight games.

2. Philadelphia 1B Carlos Santana has gone 0-for-5 — albeit with three walks — in his last two contests on the heels on a seven-game hitting streak.

3. Rockies C Tom Murphy excelled in his major-league debut with three hits on Tuesday after batting .289 with 16 homers in 49 games with Triple-A Albuquerque to open the season.

Twins at Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers went nearly the entire month of May without Miguel Cabrera earlier and now will be without their slugging first baseman for the remainder of the season. Cabrera ruptured a tendon in his biceps in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Minnesota and will undergo season-ending surgery, leaving Detroit scrambling as it resumes the three-game set versus the Twins on Wednesday.

Cabrera was hurt when he took an awkward swing at an offspeed pitch and immediately grabbed his arm, but the severity of the injury wasn’t revealed until after he was sent for an MRI exam. “It’s a very sad day for our baseball team,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s a special player and a special person to have around here. It’s a blow. I feel terrible for him.” Minnesota vaulted past Detroit into second place in the American League Central as Ehire Adrianza belted a grand slam as part of a three-hit game in the series opener. Jose Berrios owns a 3-1 record against the Tigers despite an 8.49 ERA, but he beat them with eight strong innings on May 21, allowing two runs on three hits.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH José Berríos (7-5, 3.66 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (4-4, 3.20)

Berrios tossed his second complete game of the year and his first since his season debut, striking out 10 and limiting the Chicago White Sox to two runs and six hits to improve to 4-1 over his last five starts. The 24-year-old has racked up 44 strikeouts over his last five starts, including nine in the victory over Detroit last month. Nicholas Castellanos is 5-for-10 with a homer and four RBIs off Berrios.

Boyd posted his first road victory of the season at Boston in his last outing, limiting the Red Sox to two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old had his second shortest outing of the season at Minnesota in a 6-0 loss on May 17, permitting only one hit while allowing two runs and walking four. Brian Dozier has been a nemesis for Boyd, going 13-for-32 with three homers, three doubles and five RBIs.

WALK-OFFS

1. Adrianza is 9-for-20 with two homers, seven RBIs and seven runs scored in his last seven games.

2. John Hicks, batting .285 with five homers and 22 RBIs, will take over as Detroit’s starting first baseman.

3. The Twins signed RH Matt Belisle one day after he was released by Cleveland.

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Red Sox at Orioles Preview

The visiting Boston Red Sox will try to clinch their fourth straight series win over the Baltimore Orioles when the teams play the second of three straight at Camden Yards on Tuesday. Two sacrifice flies in the top of the 12th inning accounted for all the offense in a 2-0 win for the Red Sox in the series opener Monday night.

Steven Wright and five relievers combined on a five-hit shutout for Boston, which is 10-1 in the last 11 contests against the Orioles dating to last season and has claimed six straight games in Baltimore. Mookie Betts returned from an oblique strain and had a hit in five trips to the plate in the opener of a 10-game road trip for the Red Sox. Orioles shortstop Manny Machado missed Monday’s contest due to an illness and could return Tuesday to face Eduardo Rodriguez, against whom he is 6-for-31 with five strikeouts. Baltimore counters with streaking rookie David Hess as it attempts to end a five-game slide.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), MASN2 (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. Orioles RH David Hess (2-2, 3.07)

Rodriguez has won four straight and already surpassed last season’s win total after emerging victorious against Detroit on Wednesday. He limited the Tigers to one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out five in his fifth consecutive home outing. The 25-year-old started his current winning streak with 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory over Baltimore on May 20, improving to 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 career meetings.

Hess has a 0.96 ERA over his last three starts after stifling the Toronto Blue Jays through six innings his last time out. The solid stretch began after a rocky effort opposite Rodriguez at Fenway Park last month, when Hess gave up five runs across 4 2/3 frames. The Tennessee native has a 3.00 ERA in two home starts while yielding 10 hits and a walk in 12 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles 1B Chris Davis was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Monday as his average through 57 games fell to .150.

2. Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi is 13-for-30 with six walks in eight games against Baltimore this year.

3. Boston 1B Mitch Moreland is 2-for-19 over a six-game span to drop his average from .310 to .287.

Nationals at Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have seen their notoriously loud bats fall silent of late as the club matched a season low with three hits in its last outing and is batting .176 over the last four games overall. The Yankees (42-19) look to avoid hitting the snooze button once again Tuesday when they open an abbreviated two-game interleague series against the visiting Washington Nationals (36-27).

Gary Sanchez is mired in a 4-for-53 stretch while teammates Greg Bird (1-for-16) and Aaron Judge (2-for-23) are also slumping. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has answered a six-game hitting streak by striking out five times in his last two contests, scored a run in the last meeting with Washington – a 3-3 deadlock on May 15 that was suspended after 5 1/2 innings. While the Yankees became the final major-league team to get shut out when they were blanked by the cross-town Mets on Sunday night, the Nationals also lost a 2-0 decision to San Francisco hours earlier to fall to 4-5 in their last nine outings. Anthony Rendon, who belted a solo homer in the suspended game versus the Yankees, is 6-for-16 with five RBIs and six runs scored in his last four games.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), WPIX (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (3-6, 3.56 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.59)

Roark recorded his first win since April 30 after allowing two runs on six hits in an 11-2 romp of Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The 31-year-old worked six innings in that contest, marking the 11th time in 12 starts that he has ventured that far into a game. Roark will be making his first career start versus the Yankees, although he is very familiar with Stanton (8-for-33, four home runs) from the slugger’s time with Miami.

Like Roark, Sabathia also snapped a prolonged winless drought in his last outing after yielding two runs on three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 triumph over Toronto. The 37-year-old, who won for the first time since April 29, was taken deep twice to raise his home run total to seven in his last five trips to the mound. Mark Reynolds is 4-for-18 with a homer versus Sabathia, but the left-hander owns a 2-1 career mark against the Nationals with a 2.25 ERA and an 0.92 WHIP while limiting the club to a .185 batting average.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington rookie OF Juan Soto is 20-for-61 and has reached base safely in 16 of 19 games played.

2. New York’s bullpen allowed only two unearned runs and struck out 25 in 19 1/3 innings over the past week.

3. Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) is expected to accompany his club to Yankee Stadium and could be activated from the disabled list this week, according to the Washington Post.

Twins at Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers just suffered the scheduling misfortune of having to play three of the best teams in the American League – the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians – in consecutive series and took one game from each opponent. After a well-deserved day off, the Tigers will host the division-rival Minnesota Twins on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.

Detroit battled all three of the likely playoff teams while finishing up a stretch of 18 games in 17 days and managed to go 10-8 before getting a day off. “We’re hanging in there,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters. “We played a lot of close ballgames. One swing here and there could’ve changed it, and one good pitch here and there. So, 10-8, yes, but we could’ve been better, and I think that’s what keeps driving these guys. We can do better.” The Twins are hoping they can do better as well after dropping four of their last six and scoring three runs or fewer in each of the four setbacks. Minnesota will try to get the bats going against Detroit left-hander Blaine Hardy while countering with veteran Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.24 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.66)

Odorizzi is winless in his last five starts and is coming off the lone loss in that span after allowing three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The 28-year-old is struggling to work deep into games and completed six innings only twice in his last 10 starts. Odorizzi is seeing Detroit for the first time this season and is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.

Hardy is trying to hang onto a spot in the rotation and followed up two strong performances with a loss at Boston on Wednesday. The 31-year-old was ripped for five runs on eight hits in six innings and allowed a home run – just his third homer surrendered in 32 innings. Hardy was better in a no-decision at Minnesota on May 21, when he scattered two runs and seven hits across five innings while striking out four.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder) will make his third minor league rehab start on Monday and could return to the majors this weekend.

2. Twins SS Eduardo Escobar was named AL Player of the Week on Monday after batting .462 with nine extra-base hits and eight RBIs last week.

3. Minnesota 3B Miguel Sano struck out at least once in each of his last 13 games.

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Yankees at Blue Jays Preview

Slugger Aaron Judge looks to bounce back from a horrific doubleheader performance when the New York Yankees open a two-game series against the host Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Judge became the first player since at least 1920 to strike out eight times in a doubleheader as the Yankees split Monday’s twinbill in Detroit.

Judge was hitless in nine at-bats in the doubleheader and struck out five times in the nightcap as New York had its five-game winning streak halted. The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year is 2-for-19 with 13 strikeouts in four games this month and has struck out 83 times – second-most in the majors – after fanning 208 times last campaign. Judge is 8-for-20 with two homers versus scheduled Toronto starter Marco Estrada, while Giancarlo Stanton (6-for-17) and Gary Sanchez (4-for-21) each have hit four blasts against the right-hander. The Blue Jays also just finished playing Detroit and ended a five-game skid on Sunday with an 8-4 win as Justin Smoak and Randal Grichuk each recorded a homer and three RBIs.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, YES (New York), Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.73 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.68)

Sabathia is winless over his last five starts but has suffered just one loss during the stretch. The 37-year-old has pitched five innings or fewer in four consecutive outings and seven of his 10 turns. Sabathia is 17-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 33 career starts against the Blue Jays – an 0.96 ERA in two no-decisions this season – and has struggled with Kendrys Morales (9-for-25, homer) and Smoak (10-for-31, two homers).

Estrada has dropped four straight decisions and is 0-5 over his last seven outings. The 34-year-old, who is 7-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 17 career appearances (16 starts) against New York, has posted a 6.53 ERA during his current four-game slide. Estrada’s last victory came against the Yankees on April 20, when he yielded five runs and seven hits over five innings, and he also settled for a no-decision on March 31 after giving up three runs and four hits in seven frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Yankees are 5-3 against the Blue Jays this season.

2. New York 2B Gleyber Torres homered in Monday’s first game to become the first Yankee to reach 10 blasts before his 22nd birthday since Hall-of-Famer Mickey Mantle in 1953.

3. Toronto RHP Roberto Osuna (domestic assault charge) had his administrative leave extended through June 11 by Major League Baseball. The 23-year-old last pitched for the Blue Jays on May 6.

Tigers at Red Sox Preview

Two of their key players are already on the disabled list and the Boston Red Sox hope a third will avoid it when they host the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night for the opener of a three-game series. J.D. Martinez, who leads the major leagues with 50 RBIs and is tied for the league lead with 19 homers, left Sunday’s 9-3 victory at Houston with back spasms, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters the slugger is expected to be ready for Tuesday.

Boston’s Mookie Betts, who leads the majors with a .359 batting average, is on the DL with an abdominal strain, while veteran All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia (knee) has hardly played this year and went back on the list recently. The Red Sox have still won seven of their last 10 after splitting a four-game set at Houston by winning the last two games and will send veteran Steven Wright to the mound Tuesday against fellow right-hander Artie Lewicki. The Tigers split a doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Monday, taking the nightcap 4-2, and have won nine of the last 13 overall to close within 2 1/2 games of first place in the American League Central. Nicholas Castellanos was held without a hit in four at-bats during the second game but boasts multiple hits in five of the last seven games (13-for-30) for Detroit, while Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in all five games since his return from the DL on Friday and six straight overall.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Artie Lewicki (0-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Steven Wright (1-0, 2.25)

Lewicki makes his first start of 2018 after allowing six earned runs in 15 innings across six appearances out of the bullpen this season. The 26-year-old Virginia product has given up one earned run over seven innings in his past three outings and has yet to allow a homer among 18 hits in the majors this year. Lewicki, who faces Boston for the first time in his career, gave up five runs over five innings in his lone major league start last season against Kansas City.

Wright makes his first start of 2018 and the 41st of his career after permitting four hits over nine scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his last four appearances. The 33-year-old knuckleball specialist went 1-3 in five starts during 2017 and was 13-6 one year earlier across 24 starts with a 3.33 ERA. Miguel Cabrera and James McCann have each homered against Wright, who is 0-1 with an 8.04 ERA in three career starts versus the Tigers.

WALK-OFFS

1. Detroit has recorded at least one double in 52 straight games, the third-longest such streak since 1908.

2. Boston LF Andrew Benintendi is 15-for-36 with four homers and 11 RBIs over his last nine contests.

3. The Tigers won four of the seven meetings last year, but the Red Sox won two of the three played in Boston.

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Tigers at Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates totaled five runs while getting swept in a four-game series at Philadelphia over the weekend and are losers of six of their last seven. The Pirates will try to turn things around when they return home and host the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three-game interleague series on Tuesday.

 Pittsburgh scored two or fewer runs in each of its last six losses and wasted a strong pitching effort in a 3-2 loss in 11 innings on Sunday. “It falls in our lap,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters. “We had opportunities. We had them throughout the game. We had a rough week. We need to take a day off and figure it out and show up ready to play at home (on Tuesday).” The Tigers are winners of five of their last seven but suffered a bit of a letdown when they missed out on a chance to win a four-game series by falling to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. The Tigers were swept in a three-game series at home against Pittsburgh to begin the season and will try to get some revenge when they send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound against Pirates righty Chad Kuhl.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

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PITCHING MATCHUP:

Tigers RH Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 7.71 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Chad Kuhl (2-1, 4.57)

Zimmermann picked up his first win of the season against Baltimore on Thursday, when he allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings but received 13 runs of support from his offense. The Wisconsin native surrendered at least four runs in each of his three starts – not counting an outing at Cleveland on April 11 when he left in the first inning after getting hit by a comebacker. Zimmermann struck out eight but was charged with four runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on March 30.

Kuhl posted his first quality start while holding Colorado to one run and four hits in six innings on Wednesday. The Delaware native failed to complete six innings in any of his first three turns and has allowed 28 hits in 21 2/3 total innings overall. Kuhl faced off against Detroit on April 1 and picked up a win while scattering four runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Tigers designated RHP Drew VerHagen for assignment on Monday.

2. Pirates RF Gregory Polanco is 4-for-34 over the last nine games.

3. Pittsburgh RHP Kyle Crick has yet to allow a run in five appearances, covering 4 2/3 innings.

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What each American League Central team should be hoping for in 2018

Cleveland Indians – “Win the whole f—— thing”

At the outset of spring training, Francisco Lindor refused to characterize his club’s 2017 campaign as a successful season “because we didn’t finish.” It’s hard to disagree with him. After falling one win shy of a World Series triumph in 2016, the Indians waltzed to a second straight division title, riding a historically dominant pitching staff to a 102-60 finish and home-field advantage in the American League Division Series only to be ousted by the New York Yankees in five games. Disappointing, to be sure, but it’s not like there’s somebody to blame for the Indians’ early postseason exit, or for their close-but-no-cigar finish the year before; even if they were the majors’ best team in 2016 or 2017, after all, the correlation between regular-season dominance and postseason success is tenuous in baseball, as randomness has lots of room to maneuver in a best-of-seven series. Often, in fact, the best team doesn’t win.

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Still, at this point, there is no solace in a division title. Merely winning the AL Central won’t cut it anymore, and a pennant won’t suffice either, frankly. They have to win it all. For this group, that’s all that remains. In all likelihood, the Indians already squandered their best chance of a championship in their current competitive window – without Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce, both of whom left via free agency this winter, it’s hard to imagine Cleveland being better in 2018 than they were the two seasons prior – but they’ll still nab a third successive AL Central title relatively effortlessly this year, at least. Come October, they’ll be there again; they just have to finish this time.

Minnesota Twins – Deuces wild

Following a disastrous 59-win season in 2016 that cast a pall over the viability of their rebuild, the Twins were vindicated last year, clawing their way to a wild-card berth on the back of breakout performances from burgeoning stars like Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario, and Miguel Sano (with considerable contributions from veterans Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer).

And now, based on the offseason they just had, the Twins expect to be a regular contender in 2018 and beyond, having augmented their increasingly impressive core – comprised of the five players mentioned above, plus 25-year-old Max Kepler and newly suspended shortstop Jorge Polanco – with a glut of useful free agents, including Logan Morrison, Lance Lynn, and Addison Reed, as well as Jake Odorrizi, whom they acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay. Anything less than a second straight trip to the wild-card game would surely be a disappointment, then, not only because the Twins are appreciably better, talent-wise, than they were last year, but because the shrinking middle class in the American League has trimmed the list of legitimate wild-card contenders down to four teams, at most.

Chicago White Sox – Baby steps

The White Sox aren’t ready to compete just yet, but their roster is increasingly upside-laden these days, as highly touted youngsters like Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito – both of whom debuted with Chicago late last year – are poised to become everyday contributors in 2018, with the likes of Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez, Alec Hansen, and Dylan Cease not far behind. As exciting as it is, however, to see the club’s rebuild start to bear fruit, it’s important to remember this is still a development year for the White Sox, notwithstanding the fact that certain service-time clocks have started ticking.

Clearly, the White Sox expect to at least be on the fringes of the postseason picture by next summer, having elected not to trade either Avisail Garcia or Jose Abreu this offseason (they’ll both be eligible for free agency following the 2019 season), but it was only eight months ago, after all, that the club traded away Jose Quintana, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle to further bolster their farm system. Pump the brakes, in other words; the White Sox are firmly in the growing-pains stage of their renaissance. And, with that in mind, a successful 2018 season would see continued growth not only from the shiny, new additions to the big-league club and the soon-to-be studs working their way up the minor-league ladder, but also from the already-established youngsters on Chicago’s active roster, like Tim Anderson and Matt Davidson, who took steps backward last year.

Detroit Tigers – Unload Miggy

After the venerable-but-increasingly-unplayable Albert Pujols, no player in the majors has a more unmovable contract than Miguel Cabrera, the soon-to-be 35-year-old who put up a .728 OPS in 2017 and still has six years and $184 million left on his deal, not to mention complete no-trade rights. For the Tigers, who ceded halfway through the 2017 campaign and decided to rebuild, that’s a huge problem. More than anything, with their competitive window currently closed and their farm system in dire straits, the Tigers desperately need the 11-time All-Star to rebound this season so they can at least try to liquidate him, converting the money still owed into some prospect capital (they don’t have any consensus top-50 prospects, and didn’t have any position players crack the recent top-100 lists at FanGraphs or Baseball Prospectus).

In the rapidly evolving baseball economy, it should be noted, wherein bat-only players in their mid-30s wield little value, Cabrera’s contract looks especially bloated – even if the Tigers eat all the money left on his deal, they won’t get a particularly noteworthy return – but they’re on the hook for the money, regardless, and there’s really no compelling reason to hang onto him. By the time the Tigers are ready to contend again, after all, Cabrera will be dangerously close to 40, with an annual salary that could impede the front office’s ability to augment the core of young talent that, ideally, they will have graduated through their minor-league system. Cabrera, for what it’s worth, said he played hurt last year, so perhaps restored health in 2018 can help the two-time MVP at least approximate the version of himself that averaged 5.3 WAR per season over the previous decade. If he can, the Tigers should do everything in their power to move him, because merely unburdening themselves from that albatross of a contract will make their 2018 season a success.

Kansas City Royals – Lose

Make no mistake: the Royals didn’t re-sign Mike Moustakas because they hope to be competitive in 2018. They brought him back so they can swap him for a prospect or two at the trade deadline, and same goes for newcomers Lucas Duda and Jon Jay. They’re investing in their future, in other words, and it makes sense, because their present is … yeesh.

Ravaged by the losses of Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and Jason Vargas to free agency, the denuded Royals may well be the worst team in the American League in 2018, and with their farm system floundering, too – their prospect reserve was gutted over the past few seasons to help bolster the big-league club – the best thing Kansas City can do this season is lose. A lot. The compensatory draft picks they’ll receive for losing Hosmer and Cain will help expedite the process of revitalizing their farm system, but a last-place finish in 2018 – and the resulting first overall pick in the 2019 draft – would be a massive boon for a club without a single prospect on MLB.com’s Top 100 list. And, in the meantime, if they can get something of value at the trade deadline for any of the aforementioned one-year placeholders – who cost the Royals a grand total of $13 million, mind you, considerably less than the value of the qualifying offer they gave Moustakas in November – that’s gravy.

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Fantasy Baseball Scouting Report

All 30 MLB teams will be in action for a second straight. You know what that means! The big fantasy score is in your grasp.  Better pick early, as there is three games scheduled early. Among them is a matchup between the Angels and White Sox. Chicago sends ace Chris Sale to the mound, while L.A. counter with Garrett Richards. Sale could be the first pitcher this season to reach win number four. Later in the evening, Detroit battle the World Series Champ Royals in their hometown. Jordan Zimmerman will have the start for the Tigers, and will attempt to keep his shutout streak going. The righty has yet to allow a run in his 13 innings of play this season.  He will face off against  Ian Kennedy, who also is having an solid start this fantasy baseball season. Things will come to a clash later tonight when D-Backs Zack Greinke and Giants Madison Bumgarner will throw down in what looks like a continued  rivalry from Greinke’s days as a Los Angeles Dodger. Here is the top 20 players Fantasy Baseball Scouting Report.

Fantasy baseball Upon the pitching matchup programed today, there is one in particular that looks like a potential mismatch. Cleveland’s Danny Salazar has been rock solid giving up a single run and striking out 16 in his two starts. He’s matched up versus Mariners young-blooded pitcher Taijuan Walker, who has been pretty decent as of now. It will be interesting to see if  Salazar can hold Seattle’s big bat at bay, despite the fact that the Emerald City team scored 77% of their runs on the road, which they will be at Wednesday. That’s triple more of what they made at home, in which they rank last in the league. On the batting front,  Bryce Harper has not missed a beat since his MVP season, last year. He knocked one out of the park on Tuesday to bring his total to 7 since opening day. His hot streak his not something to not take lightly.

 

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Fantasy Baseball Detroit Tigers Projection

For the upcoming 2016 Major League Baseball season, FanPicks take a look at every single team and what are their expectations for the upcoming year. Time to see what the American League Central Detroit Tigers have been up to this off season. This is your Fantasy Baseball Detroit Tigers Projection.

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The Detroit Tigers fell hard last season. They were atop the A.L. West for four straight year and had a World Series appearance before finishing dead last in 2015. New management wasted no time to change the dynamics with the arrival of pitcher Jordan Zimmerman and outfielder Justin Upton. Meanwhile, prospects netted from the Price and Cespedes trades are likely to start making an immediate impact this season. This could bring new life to a team that was decimated with injuries.

Players to watch

Justin Upton

Ian Kinsler

Justin Verlander

The Tigers turned a potential problem area into a position of strength with the signing of Justin Upton in January to play left field. Upton has averaged 27.3 home runs over the last three years and he also adds another base runner to the lineup.

Detroit will look for more of the same from Ian Kinsler next season as he had a solid 2015. His fantasy value is not as high as it used to be thanks to the drop in his power and speed numbers, but hitting atop one of the best lineups in baseball has its perks.

Barring anything unforeseen, veteran ace Justin Verlander appears set to make his eighth Opening Day start in nine years on April 5, following a second-half resurgence in 2015 that had onlookers recalling vintage Verlander.

The Detroit Tigers do have a chance to compete for the division, but the world champion Royals will be there again and the Indians look ready to contend with their elite pitching staff as well.

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Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers – 7-26-15 – MLB

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The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tiger will close out their weekend series on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. MLB fantasy draft managers can follow the results of their rosters on Sunday July 26th at 8PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.

Boston had hit the All Star break with some momentum as the club was playing good baseball. Following the break has been a major disappointment as the club broke an eight game losing streak on Friday in their 2-1 home victory to Detroit to open up this three game series. The Red Sox opened up play following the All Star break on the road as the club lost all seven games at the LA Angels and Houston Astros as the team struggled for run production. In that 0-7 road trip the Red Sox scored a total of 13 runs. It doesn’t help that the Boston pitching staff is 28th and near the bottom of the league in Team ERA at 4.46 this season.

Detroit following their loss on Friday is 3-5 since the All Star break to fall to 47-49 and 10 ½ games back of the first place Kansas City Royals. The Tigers rank near the bottom of MLB in Team ERA (4.34) and WHIP (1.35). Detroit still hits the ball very well to the delight of Fantasy Baseball cash league managers. Detroit is 3rd in runs scored per game (4.52) and best in the majors in team batting average (.278). There is some talk that the Tigers may look to move one of their hitters for some front line pitching help.

Detroit Tigers 1B: Miguel Cabrera is still on the DL and has not played since July 3rd.

Detroit Tigers SS: Jose Iglesias is batting .323 with two homers and 19 RBIs. With a hit on Saturday he carries a six game hitting streak. Iglesias is batting .435 over his past seven days.

Detroit Tigers LF: Yoenis Cespedes is on a .214 hitting slump over his past seven days. His average has dipped to .287.

Detroit Tigers RF: JD Martinez is batting .316 for the month of July with seven homers and 14 RBIs. He has had back to back two hit games to move his average up to .287 season to date.

Detroit Tigers 2B: Ian Kinsler has been blistering hot. He is hitting .452 over the past seven days with two homers.

Detroit Tigers P: Shane Greene has had a poor year as the former Yankee product is 4-7 with an ERA of 6.52 and WHIP of 1.46. He gave up five earned runs on Tuesday to the Seattle Mariners working just 4 2/3rd innings.

Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts leads the everyday players for Boston with a .310 batting average with three homers and 47 RBIs. He is hitting .387 for the month of July. In Game 1 of this series Bogaerts had a three hit game.

Boston Red Sox 2B: Brock Holt is hitting .280 with two homers and 23 RBIs. He had his four game hit streak snapped on Saturday. His strikeout numbers are extremely high.

Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez leads the Red Sox with 19 homers on the year. His average is .265 with 46 RBIs. Ramirez is coming off a two hit game on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to five games.

Boston Red Sox CF: Mookie Betts has struggled through a 3 for 24 slump and his batting average has dropped to .264 on the year with 10 homers and 46 RBIs.

Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz leads the Red Sox with 47 RBIs and has added 17 homers on the year. He has not hit for average as the veteran is batting .235 on the season.

Boston Red Sox P: Eduardo Rodriguez is 5-3 on the year with an ERA of 4.64 and WHIP of 1.27. He looks to rebound after a bad outing on July 20th at the LA Angels as the 22 year old gave up seven earned runs in just 1 2/3rd innings in defeat.

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P: Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
2B: Ian Kinsler (Tigers)
LF: Hanley Ramirez (Red Sox)
RF: JD Martinez (Tigers)
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)

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Detroit Tigers vs New York Yankees – 6/19/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSThe New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers open up a weekend series on Friday June 19th as they return to AL action following four days of interleague play. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to MLB Network at 7PM Eastern Time from Yankees Stadium to watch the action live and follow the scoring of their rosters.

Heading into play on Thursday the Detroit Tigers sit with a record of 34-32 and reside in third place in the AL Central trailing the first place Kansas City Royals by seven games in the loss column. The Tigers have gotten production from starters David Price and Alfredo Simon. Anibal Sanchez and Shane Green have struggled in the Detroit rotation. Justin Verlander has returned to the starting staff as he worked his second game of the year on Thursday after coming off the DL.

The Yankees have been a streaky team in the 2015 campaign. Through Wednesday night action the Bronx Bombers are 35-30 and sit one game back of the first place Tampa Bay Rays. New York can’t feel too comfortable because they are two games in the loss column ahead of the Blue Jays and Orioles who are hot teams right now. The Yankees have shown power this year as they rank fourth in the league in runs scored (4.49 per game) and are sixth in home runs season to date (79).

1 day fantasy footballDetroit Tigers 1B: Veteran Miguel Cabrera continues to produce big numbers for the Tigers. He is hitting .342 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs. Cabrera has drawn 43 walks this year so his on base percentage is a very good .446. The former Triple Crown winner had a six game hit streak through Wednesday.

Detroit Tigers LF: Former Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes is enjoying his first full season with the Tigers. Cespedes is batting .302 with nine homers and 35 RBIs. He is on a tear in June with a batting average of .370. His ten game hitting streak was snapped on Wednesday.

Detroit Tigers CF: Anthony Gose is batting .284 with a homer and 11 RBIs. After a hot start he has cooled down in the month of June with a .178 batting average with no RBIs. He has just one extra base hit in June.

Detroit Tigers 2B: Ian Kinsler is suffering through a 4 for 24 slump through Wednesday’s action with only one extra base hit and RBI in that span. His batting average has dropped ten points to .271. He has one homer and 26 RBIs on the season.

Detroit Tigers P: Alfredo Simon in his 12 starts is 7-3 with an ERA of 2.58 and WHIP of 1.16. At times he battles control issues but has shown better in recent games by allowing just one earned run over his past two starts.

Free Baseball Cash Draft Beat the StreakNew York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez is putting up some nice numbers since his one year absence from the club. The DH is batting .277 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs. He is coming off a two hit night on Wednesday at home to Miami.

New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner is battling a 3 for 22 slump through Wednesday. For the year he has five homers with 28 RBIs and sports a .264 batting average.

New York Yankees Catcher: Brian McCann is picking up his batting average. He is up to .260 on the year after a pretty good start to June with 12 hits in his 42 at bats. McCann has produced nine homers and 40 RBIs on the year.

New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira had his six game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday. He took Wednesday off after complaining about neck stiffness. Teixeira has produced some power for the Yankees this year with 18 homers along with 48 RBIs.

New York Yankees P: Adam Warren is 5-4 on the year in his twelve starts with an ERA of 3.78 and WHIP of 1.25. He has allowed three earned runs or less in seven straight starts but has issues going deep in games.

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P: Adam Warren (Yankees)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
C: Brian McCann (Yankees)
CF: Anthony Gose (Tigers)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers)

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Los Angeles Angels vs Detroit Tigers – 5/31/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSSunday Night Baseball on May 31st features an attractive matchup for MLB mock draft managers as the LA Angels will host the Detroit Tigers. Follow fantasy league rosters from this game at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN2 TV.

Heading into play on Saturday the Angels sat one game over .500 with a record of 25-24 trailing the surprise Houston Astros by 5 ½ games in the AL West standings. There is certainly no reason for panic with nearly a 1/3rd of the season past already. The Angels pitching has performed well as the club ranks in the top ten of Major League Baseball in key areas such as Team ERA, WHIP and quality starts. The hitting has been subpar as the club bats .237 ranking 27th in Major League Baseball.

The Detroit Tigers were 28-22 as they took the field on Saturday. They are four games in the loss column back of the first place Kansas City Royals. From an overall season perspective the club has hit well posting a team batting average of .272 ranking third best in the league. The Tigers starting pitchers have gone deep into games as they sit 7th in the league in quality starts. Starting pitching Justin Verlander will be available for fantasy owners in the near future as he is undergoing rehab starts in the minor leagues and could be back as early as next week.

1 day fantasy sportsDetroit Tigers 1B: Miguel Cabrera after his two hit game on Saturday has moved his average to .333 on the year. He has 11 homers and 34 RBIs season to date. With 33 walks on the year Cabrera has a .440 on base percentage.

Detroit Tigers CF: Anthony Gose is 1 for 10 in this series to drop this average to .322. Gose has a homer with 11 RBIs on the year. He is batting .333 for the month of May.

Detroit Tigers LF: Yoenis Cespedes moved his average up to .284 after a 2 for 4 game on Saturday. Cespedes has produced seven homers and 28 RBIs on the year.

Detroit Tigers 2B: Ian Kinsler is in a 2 for 31 slump heading into Sunday’s game. His batting average has dropped to .270. Kinsler has a homer with 22 RBIs on the year.

Detroit Tigers RF: JD Martinez is had a three hit night for the Tigers on Saturday to move his batting average up to .266. Martinez has nine homers and 22 RBIs on the year.

Detroit Tigers P: David Price is coming off a nice performance in his last start on Tuesday against the Athletics by allowing no earned runs and five hits in seven innings in victory. He is 4-1 in ten starts and has kept baserunners to a minimum with a WHIP of 1.17.

LA Angels CF: Mike Trout leads the Angels everyday players with a .296 batting average with 12 homers and 26 RBIs. He has hits in three straight and nine of ten games.

LA Angels RF: Three year pro Kole Calhoun is batting .281 on the year. He has hit safely in seven of ten games but only one multi hit game in that span.

LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar has hit .314 for the month of May. Aybar takes a seven game win streak into Sunday’s game. Unfortunately only one was a multi-hit game.

LA Angels 3B: Angels third basemen David Freese is batting just .228 for the Angels on the year. He has produced 8 homers and timely hits with 28 RBIs which leads the team.

LA Angels 1B: After a slow start Albert Pujols is hitting .280 for the month of May with seven homers. He will carry a six game win streak into Sunday’s game. Pujols had a three hit game on Friday night.

LA Angels P: Matt Shoemaker has battled consistency issues this year. After a horrible start at Toronto he faced San Diego on Tuesday and allowed no earned runs and four hits over seven innings. Shoemaker has allowed 13 homers in his nine starts this year.

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P: David Price (Tigers)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
SS: Erick Aybar (Angels)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels)

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Detroit Tigers vs St-Louis Cardinals – 5/17/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSInterleague action is on the schedule for fantasy draft managers to select rosters from Sunday Night Baseball for May 17th. The St Louis Cardinals will host the Detroit Tigers where MLB One Day League owners can follow live on ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time.

So far Detroit has won the first two games of this series. They put up some runs in Game 1 coming away with a 10-4 victory. In Game 2 on Saturday a late ninth inning run made the difference for the Tigers as they earned a 4-3 road win. The victories put the Tigers in a flat footed tie with the Kansas City Royals atop the AL Central standings at 23-14 season to date. St Louis slips to 24-13 and holds a three game lead over the surging Chicago Cubs.

The Tigers are a strong offensive team ranking second in Major League Baseball in team batting with an average of .283 season to date. Pitching wise their staff pitches too contact ranking 28th in the league in strikeouts.

Despite the recent losses the Cardinals still hold the best record in the Majors. They have really cleaned up in the division as the team sits 17-7 against the NL Central this year. Their pitching staff has been a bit roughed up this weekend against the Tigers bats but they still hold the overall Team ERA best 2.92 on the season. And that’s with their ace Adam Wainwright shut down for the entire season after following an Achilles injury while hitting at the end of April.

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Detroit Tigers SS: Jose Iglesias leads the everyday players in hitting with a .350 batting average. He enters Sunday Night Baseball with hits in seven straight games. He has just 1 home run and 6 RBI’s on the campaign.

Detroit Tigers 1B: Miguel Cabrera is putting up some impressive numbers once against this year. He is batting .33 and has 10 home runs and 29 RBI’s on the campaign. He has had three hits in two of his past three games.

Detroit Tigers 2B: Ian Kinsler has raised his average 24 points the past ten games as he is hitting .311 on the year after getting three hits on Saturday. Kinsler has multiple hit games in five of his past nine games.

Detroit Tigers LF: Yoenis Cespedes has had a great series against St Louis. Cespedes has put together back to back three hit games as he is 6 of 10 against the Cardinals to help break a slump for the month of May. He had five homers and 23 RBI’s on the year.

Detroit Tigers RF: J.D. Martinez with three multiple hit games in three of his past four games he has moved his batting average up to .252 on the year. He hits for power with 8 home runs and 17 RBI’s.

Detroit Tigers P: Alfredo Simon leads the Tigers in wins and ERA on the campaign. He is 4-1 in seven starts with an ERA of 3.05 and WHIP of 1.20. His numbers have been much better at home than on the road. Simon has given up 12 earned runs in his four road starts working 22 2/3rd innings.

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St Louis Cardinals LF: Matt Holliday has been a solid contributor as he leads the Cardinals everyday players with an average of .328 with three homers and 21 RBI’s.

St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter has seven homers and 24 RBI’s on the year. He is hitting .323 and is 3 for 9 in this series with a home run. He looks to break from a hitting slump in May as he is batting just .231.

St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong has been on fire for the month of May with a .353 batting average with three homers and 10 RBI’s. On the year Wong is batting .310 with a .359 on base percentage.

St Louis Cardinals SS: Johnny Peralta will bring a four game hit streak into Sunday’s game. He has pushed his average to .301 and has 6 homers and 19 RBI’s on the year.

St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina after a day off on May 11th has gone 7 for 19 at the plate. Molina is hitting .283 with no homers and 15 RBI’s.

St Louis Cardinals P: Lance Lynn in seven starts is 2-3 with an ERA of 3.27 and WHIP of 1.28. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in five of seven starts.

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P: Lance Lynn (Cardinals)
3B: Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
1B: Miguel Cabera (Tigers)
SS: Jose Iglesias (Tigers)
LF: Matt Holliday (Cardinals)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)

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Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers – 5/10/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

MLB Cash Draft PicksFrom Sunday Night Baseball for mock draft managers to play in one day leagues will feature the AL Central divisional game between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers. Fantasy players can tune to ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time from Detroit.

Kansas City holds a ½ game league in the AL Central standings over Detroit after their defeated Detroit on the road 6-2. This Royals team has been delivering offensively as the club is first in batting average and second in runs scored. The team pushes across 5.12 runs per game and is hitting 2.95. Six Royals players with at lead 21 games played is hitting over .300 on the season. They also pitch well as the team has an ERA of 3.35 good for sixth best and a WHI of 1.15 ranking fifth in all of baseball.

Detroit is still a good hitting club with a team batting average of .276 ranking second in all of baseball. The team is 15th in the league in team ERA at 4.02. The team suffered an injury to starter Justin Verlander who is currently on the DL with a triceps strain.

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Kansas City Royals CF: Lorezno Cain leads the club in hitting at .339 on the year. He has 3 homers and 13 RBI’s. Cain will carry an eight game win streak into Sunday. He has five hits in his past ten games.

Kansas City Royals 3B: Mike Moustakas is second on the club with a .327 batting average. He is a career.241 hitter in his tenure with the club. Due to a family emergency Moustakas will return on Monday.

Kansas City Royals 1B: Eric Hosner leads the Royals with five home runs and 25 RBI’s on the year. He is hitting .322 on the campaign and has hits in six straight games. Hosner has multiple hit games in three of his past six contests.

Kansas City Royals C: Salvador Perez is a very good hitting catcher with .306 season average and his career average is .287. Perez has 4 four homers and 18 RBI’s. He is a free swinger with just two walks in 111 at bats so his on base percentage is just .316.

Kansas City Royals DH: Kendrys Morales has had troubles in the recent season finding a team to play for. The 31 year old is hitting .306 on the year with four homers and 23 RBI’s. He has hit in four straight games.

Kansas City Royals SS: Alcides Escobar has multiple hits in three of his past four games. He has lifted up his batting average to .303 with a homer and 10 RBI’s.

Kansas City Royals P: Chris Young gets the nod on Sunday as Jason Vargas was send to the DL with an elbow injury. Young has one start in seven appearances and it came on May 1st against Detroit where he allowed no runs and no hits in five innings.

Detroit Tigers 1B: Miguel Cabrera leads his club with batting average of .333 season to date. He has posted 6 homers and 2 RBIs on the year. He has an on base percentage of .436 as he has drawn 20 walks.

Detroit Tigers 2B: Ian Kinsler had a four hit game on Friday. His average is .306 with 14 RBIs on the campaign. He has five multiple hit games in his past ten appearance.

Detroit Tigers LF: Yoenis Cespedes has slugged four homers and driven in 17 RBIs on the year. His average is just .217 the past seven days.

Detroit Tigers DH: Victor Martinez is hitting 60 points behind his career mark as he has a .245 batting average with just one homer and 15 RBIs. He has raised his average from .203 by going 7 of 15 in his past four games.

Detroit Tigers 3B: Castellanos has hits in eight of his past ten games. Unfortunately only one multiple hit game during the span. Castellanos is hitting .222 on the year with two homers and 11 RBIs.

Detroit Tigers Pitcher: Shane Greene started great by allowing just one earned run in his first three starts of the year. Problem is the following three starts Greene has allowed 20 earned runs, 6 walks and 23 hits working 11 innings.

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P: Chris Young (Royals)
2B: Ian Kinsler (Tigers)
1B: Eric Hosner (Royals)
CF: Lorezno Cain (Royals)
C: Salvador Perez (Royals)
3B: Mike Moustakas (Royals)

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