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Wade Davis is slated to start in the Royals' first game against Detroit.
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
Projected Starters: Wade Davis (Royals, 2-0), Max Scherzer (Tigers, 1-0)
The Royals are 1.5 games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central standings, so getting off to a good start in Game 1 will be critical for the Royals.
This three-game stop in Detroit is the last of an eight-game road trip that included two days off in Boston after the city was locked down on Friday.
After having six days off through their first 17 games, the Royals start a 13-day stretch without resting.
That has messed up the timing of some of the Royals, including designated hitter Billy Butler. Butler was shut down during the two-game tilt in Atlanta (an NL series with no DH) and is only hitting .216.
In Monday's game, Butler and the rest of the Royals lineup will face Scherzer, who leads the Tigers in strikeouts with 30. He also is maintaining a 2.84 ERA with only six earned runs given up in three appearances in 2013.
The Royals will have to be hot at the plate early to knock Scherzer out of his rhythm.
Davis, the Royals' projected starter and a new addition to the rotation, has been lights out in his first three starts. Davis is 2-0 in the early going with a 2.25 ERA, over 1.6 points below his career average.
However, he has given up two home runs in 2013, just three shy of his 2012 total when he appeared in 54 games.
The Tigers are full of power hitters including Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila. Those three have all gone yard multiple times this season and have combined for nine homers.
Davis and the Royals' bullpen, which will certainly benefit from a day off after playing three games in two days at Boston, will have to limit the big-time plays that the Tigers batters are capable of making.