The first game in the three game series between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals pushed up Justin Verlander to Wednesday night's game, and the Royals are most likely dreading the prospect. After losing the first played game of the series 9-3 on Tuesday night in Detroit, the Royals will just try to avoid the sweep in the shortened two game series.
History indicates that they'll find it difficult with the ace on the mound for Detroit, though.
Verlander has pitched as well as ever so far in 2012 with a 2-1 record on a 2.41 ERA, notching 35 strikeouts already in the young season. He has won his last six games pitched against Kansas City, adding to 14 of the Tigers' last 19 games against KC being wins. Jonathan Sanchez will be his opposition, holding far less impressive numbers with a 1-1 record and 6.75 ERA, along with more walks than strikeouts so far in the young season.
Offensively the Tigers also look a lot more together than KC has been so far in 2012, with them putting up five runs in the first inning of that 9-3 win on Tuesday being a prime example.
The game will be at Comerica Park at 1:05 p.m.