By Greg Dempson
The Royals start Yordano Ventura tonight as they attempt to sweep the Tigers in this 7:10 Eastern Time start. Ventura has posted off back-to-back wins and during his last seven starts he’s allowed 3 or less runs.
For the season Ventura’s overall ERA is 4.60, WHIP of 1.346 while he/team is 12–11. In his most recent three starts he/team is 3–0 and his ERA is 2.89, WHIP of 1.285 through 18.7 innings while allowing 6 earned runs on 15 hits, (2 homers,) walking 9 and striking out 15. He has always pitched well vs. the Tigers at 6–0 with an ERA of 3.28, WHIP of 1.419. In three starts vs. Detroit this season he pitched a combined 18.3 innings allowing 20 hits but only 4 earned runs, (no homers,) walking 4 vs. 16 strikeouts with he/team going 2–1.
The Tigers start Anibal Sanchez this evening as Jordan Zimmerman and Mike Pelfrey are still on the 15 day disabled list. Sanchez/team is 4–15 this season with an ERA of 6.75, WHIP of 1.630.
At home he/team is 3–6 with an ERA of 4.89, WHIP of 1.470. In his most recent start he was taken “deep in the heart of Texas” as he allowed 4 homers last Friday in Arlington including 8 earned runs in 4 innings. Sanchez has an ERA of 5.00, Whip of 1.278 through 18 combined innings allowing 18 hits, (5 homers,) while walking 5 vs. 16 strikeouts. He pitched 2.3 innings of relief vs. Kansas City this season allowing 4 hits and one earned run on June 18th.
Last season, in three starts, Sanchez/team went 1–2 vs. Kansas City as he pitched a combined 7.3 innings allowing 10 earned runs on 21 hits, (5 home runs,) while walking 8 vs. 12 strikeouts. Lifetime Sanchez is 6 – 4 vs. the Royals with an ERA of 2.76, WHIP of 1.120. In his two home starts vs. The Royals last season, (May 9th,) he allowed 6 runs, (5 of which were earned,) on 9 hits through 6 innings including one homer, while walking 3 and striking out 2, RA of 5.44. In his second home start, (August 6th,) he allowed 4 earned runs on 5 hits, (including one homer,) through 6 innings while walking 3 and striking out 2, ERA of 4.82.
· I was out of my misery early last night as the Rays jumped out to a 3–0 lead and went on to crush the Padres 15–01. My MLB Every Edge record is 31–16–01.
Hot vs. Not
· The Royals are the hotter of the two teams right now 8–2 in their last 10 while outscoring their opponents 50–27 vs. a 3–7 record for the Tigers who have been outscored 27–50 in their last 10 contests.
· The Tigers also have third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Jose Iglesias plus center fielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day disabled list. Miguel Cabrera sat last night but he will most likely be in tonight’s line-up.
· In the second half of the season the past two seasons Ventura is 34–14 and +19.70-units.
· Sanchez is 40–63 and -26.40-units vs. the money line when number is + or –125 in his career.
All Systems Go
· Play against Wednesday home favorites of –125 to –175 that hit between .265 to .279 when playing against an American League pitcher whose ERA is between 4.20 to 4.70. This system is 28–15 and 65% as well as +24.60-units.