Jeremy Guthrie will start the game for the Royals, which is not really a sentence you want to type in a critical game. Guthrie has posted a 4.35 ERA with a 4.34 FIP, but has managed to throw 190 1/3 innings this season. Detroit lit up Guthrie the last time he pitched against them, scoring eight runs on ten hits over 2 2/3 innings.
Rick Porcello will take the mound for the Tigers. Porcello has turned in the best campaing of his career, compiling a 3.19 ERA with a 3.55 FIP over 197 2/3 innings. The right-hander has shown impressive control all year, only walking 4.5% of batters faced.
The Royals are currently 2 1/2 games back of Detroit in the AL Central, so they pretty much need to win today to stay in the AL Cetral race. Kansas City currently has a 1/2 game lead over the Seattle Mariners for the WC2 spot, and trails the Oakland Athletics by 1/2 game for the WC1 position. It seems like nobody wants to win the Wild Card down right now.