Game Preview: Tigers @ Royals (7/27)

Winner: Tigers



Hitting (Tigers): Batting fourth for the Tigers, we have C.J. Cron who has been on an absolute tear these past three games. He's 4/11 with two home runs already. Then, we have Jonathan Schoop who is hitting 4/13. It seems like a lot of Tiger's players are on a hot streak, and against Mike Montgomery, I would expect a lot of hits coming from them, hopefully.


Pitching (Tigers): Pitching for the Tigers we have former ROY and All-Star, Michael Fulmer. Fulmer will pitch Detroit's home opener for his first competitive start in 22 months, having come back from knee, and elbow surgeries. According to Ron Gardenhire, Fulmer will just be an opener and only pitch for no more than four innings. It will be interesting to see how Fulmer performs after not pitching for a very long time.



Hitting (Royals): The only player really delivering for the Royals at this point would be Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez. The 31-year-old, Merrifield is batting .300 and is always a threat to snag a base. Then we have Perez, who is, and always has been a consistent hitter for the Royals, and is batting a solid .273 along with one home run.


Pitching (Royals): Pitching for the Royals we have Mike Montgomery. The southpaw will be pitching the first of four games against Detroit and is coming off of a pretty bad season. Last season he went 2-7 and had an ERA of 4.64. I don't know enough about Montgomery to make a guess about him, but based on his statistics last season, the Tigers could handle him.


X-Factor: Michael Fulmer


As I mentioned earlier, Fulmer hasn't pitched for 22 months. If he has a good start, the relievers could eat three or four innings until All-Star closer Joe Jiménez comes in. Yesterday, Gregory Soto and Jose Cisnero both pitched gems for Detroit, giving up zero runs total in three innings total. If Fulmer disappoints and doesn't pitch very well it would be hard for Detroit to come back, and it could end up costing us the game.

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