Tigers 9, Royals 5
I’m going to be honest, it was a long day for me and I watched this game like a brain dead zombie. Justin Verlander (29 GS, 185 IP, 4.82 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 2.7 fWAR) gave up a couple of early runs but mostly navigated the rest of the way ably and didn’t have to sweat thanks to an offensive onslaught in the third inning that feature many, many hits. After a stagnant weekend, the club needed to get off on the right foot against the division leading Royals and they put themselves in good shape to gain ground all week long. Tomorrow, they turn to Max Scherzer (29 GS, 193.2 IP, 3.25 ERA, 2.83 FIP, 5.0 fWAR).
The Moment: The Tigers unload for a huge six run third inning.