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Game VII: Royals at Tigers

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Happy Brady Singer Day

Starting pitcher Brady Singer #51 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 25, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

With the extended playoffs being announced and an offensive explosion on Monday, we were feeling kinda good about the Royals, not unlike many early-season games over the years. However, the next two games were filled with missed opportunities and blown leads.

Kansas City looks to split a four-game series with Detroit tonight after blowing a three-run lead on Tuesday and a four-run lead on Wednesday.

Danny Duffy gave up an ultimately crucial three-run home run in the 5th, but ultimately, the offense was the story. After collecting nine hits through Tigers’ starter Matthew Boyd’s five innings of work and scoring runs in three of those innings, the Royals failed to reach base in each of the last four innings against Detroit’s bullpen.

In fact, the Tigers retired the last 14 Royals’ batters. Not great.

Rookie Brady Singer goes to the mound tonight, making the 2nd start of his career after a sparkling debut last Saturday. In five innings of work, Singer gave up just two runs and struck out seven Cleveland hitters.

He’ll face a far weaker lineup in the Tigers tonight than he did in Cleveland, as Kansas City looks to avoid its first losing streak of the year before heading home for the first time this season.

This game is especially important considering the pretty brutal stretch that awaits the Royals. The White Sox are the only relief they will get until September, as they will face the Cubs, Twins, Reds, Cardinals, and Indians 28 times over the next 38 games.

Here are your lineups for this evening’s action: