Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 350
Detroit0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 161
  W: D. Tapia (4-0)   L: A. Lange (0-3)   S: S. Barlow (15)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, September 24, 2021
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 24,877

Tigers put four-game win streak on line vs. Royals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

  1. Thru August 3, the Royals were sitting at 17-35 (.327) in road games, fourth worst in MLB. Since then, they have gone 16-9 (.640) away from home, including taking two of three at Cleveland in their last series.
  2. The Tigers are on a four-game winning streak after winning the first two games against the White Sox before the third was postponed. Detroit recorded 16 hits in its last outing, tied for the third most in any of its games this season.
  3. Four of the five series between the Royals and Tigers have been sweeps, two by each team. There have never been five sweeps in the season series between these two clubs, just three other seasons with four -- 2012, 2008 and 1989.
  4. Whit Merrifield is one hit short of career number 900, and if he gets it today, he would be one game off George Brett (758 games) as the fastest in franchise history to that milestone. There is a good chance he reaches it, as he is hitting .340 against the Tigers in his career.
  5. Six Tigers had 2+ hits in their last game against the White Sox, including perfect outings from Victor Reyes (4/4) and Daz Cameron (3/3). There have been five instances in which two teammates have gone 3-for-3 or better in the same game this season -- the Tigers are responsible for two of these (Jonathan Schoop and Willi Castro on June 4).
  6. Kansas City is 7-3 in games that Carlos Hernandez starts, second best record on the team behind Kris Bubic (13-5; minimum three starts). Expected to pitch for Detroit in this series is Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and Wily Peralta. They have a combined 5.69 ERA versus the Royals this season compared to a 3.44 ERA versus everyone else.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2021 thru 9/26/2021

The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers got an extra 24-hour break prior to their three-game series this weekend.

Both teams had their games on Wednesday postponed by rain, then had scheduled days off on Thursday.

They'll be back in action at Detroit on Friday.

The postponements -- the Royals against Cleveland, the Tigers against the Chicago White Sox -- will be made up Monday afternoon.

"It's not ideal," Royals manager Mike Matheny said. "But that's part of being part of a game that's influenced by weather."

Kansas City took two of three games at Cleveland prior to the postponement. Salvador Perez made history on Monday with his 46th homer this season, breaking Johnny Bench's single season record for most long balls by a primary catcher.

The Tigers are painfully aware how dangerous Perez is at the plate. He's hit three homers off their pitchers this season and 26 in his career, second only to the 28 he's hit against Minnesota.

Right-hander Carlos Hernandez (6-2, 3.90 ERA) will start the series opener for Kansas City. In his last outing on Sept. 15, he surrendered seven runs on nine hits in four innings to Oakland. That ended a string of strong starts in which he gave up just three earned runs in 24 2/3 innings.

"There have been a lot of days where all four pitches are right on, and [the start against the A's] was not one of those days," he said. "On these days, I have to go out and compete against myself and get it done."

In two outings, including one start, against Detroit this season he's given up five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He's 0-1 overall in three games with two starts vs. the Tigers.

The Royals (69-83) lost 4-1 on Tuesday as Cleveland scored all of its runs in the first two innings.

"We need our starters to come out and... set the tempo, set the pace of the game and give us an opportunity to strike first," Matheny said.

Kansas City leads the season series with Detroit 9-7.

The Tigers (74-78) carry a four-game winning streak into the contest. They delayed the White Sox's division-clinching party with a pair of victories this week.

"Every day we go out thinking we are going to win, regardless of who we are playing," said outfielder Victor Reyes, who had a pivotal two-run single among four hits in Tuesday's 5-3 win.

The first two games of the streak came against American League East Division champion Tampa Bay. Manager AJ Hinch is pleased how his team "finds ways to win."

"In order to do that, you can't just turn it on and off," Hinch said. "You have to be prepared for when the opportunities come up. I love that about our team, that we keep staying in there. The days that we can apply pressure because the opportunity comes up, we've practiced it, we've prepared for it. We have no fear."

Right-hander Casey Mize (7-8, 3.64 ERA) will start on Friday but won't be around long enough to qualify for a victory. He's been placed under a three-inning limit for the remainder of the season by the Tigers organization.

Mize has already started five times against the Royals, going 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in those outings. He did not face Kansas City last season.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 23, 2021