Of course those games came in April and May, before the Royals executed their turnaround and before Brian Bannister became a force in their pitching rotation.
In fact, Bannister was a victim of the Tigers on May 4, when he got banged around in 4 2/3 innings. However, when facing them July 22 at Detroit, Bannister held them to one run in seven innings and began his personal 5-1 spurt of success.
The Royals might have gotten a handle on the Tigers in that series, winning 10-2 and 5-2, with the only loss coming in 10 innings, 10-8.
If the Royals can carry that over into this series, it would mark something different. Last year the Tigers were 9-0 at Kauffman, making them 14-1 in their last 15 games in KC.Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Brian Bannister (10-7, 3.28 ERA)
In his last start, in Chicago on Wednesday, Bannister became the Royals' first 10-game winner this season and the club's first rookie to win 10 since 1992. In that game and in his previous outing, at Oakland, Bannister had a rather rocky first inning. In each case, he quickly made adjustments and won both times -- a complete game in the Oakland case. His ability to make changes on the fly has worked well, and he employs a basic that's always a plus -- he throws strikes. In Bannister's last seven starts, he's 5-1 with a 2.23 ERA. DET: LHP Nate Robertson (7-10, 4.80 ERA)
Robertson turned in arguably his best outing of the season on Thursday against the Indians, but the Tigers' offensive struggles left him with a no-decision to show for his 8 2/3 scoreless innings. All he could take from it was some encouragement that he could efficiently work that deep into the game, expending just 91 pitches in the process. It easily was his longest outing of the season, yet his lowest pitch count since June 26. Player to watch
Curtis Granderson has been struggling a bit lately, so he'll probably welcome the chance to face Bannister. He's faced Bannister six times and has four hits, including a triple. Tickets
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Wednesday: Royals (Zack Greinke, 5-5, 4.25) vs. Tigers (Andrew Miller, 5-4, 4.97), 7:10 p.m. CT
Thursday: Royals (Kyle Davies, 5-11, 6.10) vs. Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 10-7, 4.87), 1:10 p.m. CT
Friday: Royals (TBD) at Twins (Matt Garza, 3-4, 3.16), 1:10 p.m. CT
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.