The two teams fighting to stay out of the cellar in the AL Central kick off a series in the Midwest. The Detroit Tigers are on the road to start the second half of the season as they play the opening game of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals Friday night. Detroit was swept at home by the Red Sox in their last set before the All-Star break, falling 6-3 in the finale Sunday afternoon. Kansas City dropped the rubber game 5-2 in their road set with the Nationals Sunday. The Tigers own a 6-3 edge in the season series though the Royals took two of three at home in the last series between the teams June 11-13.
Detroit Tigers Hoping for Something Positive in Second Half
Detroit closed the first half of the season with three straight losses, six losses in seven games and 14 defeats in their last 16 after losing to Boston in the finale Sunday. The Tigers entered Friday in the basement of the AL Central by a percentage point: they were 26 games behind the Twins. Detroit got two hits from Nick Castellanos (RBI) while Brandon Dixon clubbed his 12th homer of the season in the defeat. Gregory Soto (0-3) took the loss on the mound as he allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and one strikeout over two innings of work.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 10, 2019
Daniel Norris gets the ball for his 19th appearance and 16th start of the year for the Tigers in this contest. He comes in 2-8 with a 4.96 ERA, a 1.423 WHIP, 23 walks and 71 strikeouts over 90.2 innings of action this season. Norris took the loss in his last start, which came Wednesday on the road in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox. He threw five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a 7-5 Tigers defeat. Norris is 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, four walks and 13 strikeouts over 17 innings in his last three starts. He is 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, 20 walks and 40 strikeouts over 54.2 innings in 11 career appearances, 10 starts, against the Royals. Norris is 1-0 with a 3.62 ERA, a 1.134 WHIP, seven walks and 20 strikeouts over 27.1 innings in five career starts at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals Looking to the Future
Kansas City dropped eight of their final 10 games heading into the All-Star break as they were dropped in the rubber game Sunday by the Nationals. The Royals entered Friday fourth in the AL Central by a percentage point: they trailed the Twins by 27 games in the division race. Kansas City got two hits each from Alex Gordon (RBI) and Cheslor Cuthbert in the defeat. Jakob Junis turned in a quality start, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts over seven innings, but recorded a no-decision. Jake Diekman (0-6) took the loss as he allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with no walks or strikeouts over one-third of an inning.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 7, 2019
Danny Duffy takes the mound for his 13th start of the season for the Royals in this contest. He is 3-5 with a 4.28 ERA, a 1.348 WHIP, 29 walks and 61 strikeouts over 75.2 innings of action this season. Duffy saw his winless stretch reach eight starts as he took the loss Wednesday at home against the Indians in his last outing. He threw 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts in a 4-0 Kansas City defeat. Duffy is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, eight walks and 15 strikeouts over 21.1 innings in his last three starts. He is 8-10 with one save, a 4.39 ERA, a 1.289 WHIP, 51 walks and 116 strikeouts over 137.1 innings in 26 career appearances, 23 starts, against the Tigers. Duffy is 22-29 with a 4.14 ERA, a 1.349 WHIP, 190 walks and 384 strikeouts over 484.2 innings in 94 career appearances, 83 starts, at Kauffman Stadium.
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