AL Central Pennant Race

With the AL Central pennant race still undecided, here’s a preview of this weekend’s crucial series between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers.

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Friday, September 19th @ 8:00PM | Median Price = $44 | Jeremy Guthie (KC) vs. Kyle Lobstein (DET)

Jeremey Guthrie has been a work horse for the Royals this year, logging 190 innings and boasting an 11-11 record.  He’ll face off against rookie Kyle Lobstein who has a 3.58 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched on the year.  The rookie has yet to face the Royals so he will try to take advantage of that lack of familiarity to give the Tigers a win in the opening game of the three game set.

This is the cheapest game in the series with a median price of $44 for Royals tickets.

Saturday, September 20th @ 1:05PM | Me
dian Price = $46 | Jason Vargas (KC) vs. Justin Verlander (DET)

Jason Vargas has been a pleasant surprise for the Royals this year, currently sporting an 11-9 record with a 3.41 ERA.  Recently, he has struggled, failing to get out of the 6th inning in his past two games against the Boston Red Sox and Detroit, yielding nine runs over 10.1 innings pitched.  His last outing against the Tigers he gave up home runs to Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez in a 4-2 loss.

The days of Justin Verlander being the most dominant pitcher in baseball are probably over, but he’s still been able to win thirteen games this year despite his 4.81 ERA.  Other than 2008 when Verlander went 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA, he has never had a year with an ERA north of 3.66.  This is currently the most expensive game for Royals vs. Tigers tickets at a median ticket price of $46.

Sunday, September 21st @ 2:10PM | Median Price = $45 | James Shields (KC) vs. Max Scherzer (DET)

The potential rubber match between the Tigers and Royals could be an absolute doozy with staff aces James Shields and Max Scherzer toeing the rubber for the final game of the series.  Shields has been tremendous since coming over to the Royals from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade for Wil Myers and Wade Davis.  He boasts a 14-7 record this year with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The biggest impact he’s had on the Royals staff has
been his ability to stay healthy and get on the mound every five days.  Shields has already logged over 200 innings this year after pitching 228 last year.

Meanwhile, Scherzer has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball the past two seasons, wracking up a combined 37-8 record.  He has followed up his 2013 Cy Young campaign with a 16-5 record this year with an ERA just a touch worse than Shield at 3.19, but a WHIP just a touch better at 1.17.  In what will be the biggest game of the year for both ball clubs, they’ll have their respective aces on the mound for some can’t miss baseball!

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