Billy Butler called this “the biggest series of the year,” and he’s right. The Royals will spend the next four days at Comerica Park, and they have a chance to leave on Thursday evening as the leaders of the American League Central.
Winners of seven in a row, the Royals trimmed the Tigers’ lead to one and a half games heading into this week. Here are the matchups in the Motor City:
Monday, 6:08 p.m.: Jason Vargas (6-2, 3.30 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (6-6, 4.61 ERA).
Tuesday, 6:08 p.m.: Yordano Ventura (4-5, 3.20 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (8-2, 3.05 ERA).
Wednesday, 12:08 p.m.: Jeremy Guthrie (3-6, 4.04 ERA) vs. Drew Smyly (3-5, 3.58 ERA).
Thursday, 12:08 p.m.: Danny Duffy (4-5, 2.83 ERA) vs. Anibel Sanchez (3-2, 2.44 ERA).