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Can the Royals keep it going against the monsters of the AL Central?

Ed Zurga

The Detroit Tigers roll into The K for three games, hauling along their big, fancy pitchers and thunderous lineup. The Tigers are averaging 5.2 runs per game from their offense while their pitchers are limiting the opposition to 3.9 runs per game. Conversely, the Royals are scoring 3.9 runs per game while their pitchers are allowing just 3.8 runs per game.

By Pythagorean records, the Tigers should have 39 wins (they have 35) and the Royals should have 30 wins (they have 28). On the surface, it looks like both teams have suffered doses of unfortunate luck.

This series is interesting in that it pits the two hottest teams in the Central. The Tigers swept away second place Cleveland over the weekend, while our Royals are rolling at five consecutive wins at the hands of the Twins and Astros. A subtle difference in quality of the opposition, but still, a win is a win. Is a win. When the Royals were scuffling at the end of May, they dropped two of three against Houston, a team they should be beating at least two out of three times on the strength of their starting pitching alone. For the season series, the Royals end up taking four out of six. Sometimes, it all works out in the end.

I don't need to tell you, tonight's opponents are of a different class of the Twins and Astros. The Tigers will send Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander to the mound this week. The Royals will counter with Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and James Shields. Pro tip: If you're ever going to skip work, do it Wednesday. School day at the K.