Kansas City Royals (25-62 ) vs Minnesota Twins (37-48 )Date : 07/09/2018
Time : 8:10 PM ET
Location : Target Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins
The Twins will welcome the Royals to Target Field as both teams from the AL Central division will go head to head in a 3 game series starting Monday. The Twins are 2nd while the Royals are in the last place of the division. This will be their 2nd meeting of the season, in the first meeting the Royals were able to beat the Twins 2-1 at home.
Game 1&2: 8:10 PM ET
Game 3: 1:10 PM ET
Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :
The Royals will begin their 6 game road trip against the Twins, the Royals are 14-29 when playing at home this season. The Royals are currently on a 7 game losing streak dropping 25 of their last 29 games and they are hoping that they will be able to start winning on the road. They are coming off a tough loss against the Red Sox with the trade deadline looming I expect the Royals to shake up their roster and start rebuilding for the future. Coming into this series the Royals are the worst team in pitching and batting with a 5.23 ERA and 302 runs scored this season.
Player to watch in this series: Mike Moustakas, he went 1-for-4 and drilled a two-run home run. It was his 17th homer of the season and that gave him 55 RBIs. His .258/.312/.478 slash line is pretty good but likely won’t entice a contender to sell the farm to obtain his services at the trade deadline. He has drawn interest from the Yankees who would use him as the first base. With a lot of teams watching him before the trade deadline, he should have a great series against the Twins on the road.
- RBIs: Mike Moustakas (55)
- Homers: Mike Moustakas (17)
- Batting Average: Whit Merrifield (.290)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Danny Duffy, he was tagged for six runs in six innings by the Indians on Tuesday. He will start in the series opener against the Twins on the road. He is now 4-8 on the season with a 5.19 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Game 2: Ian Kennedy, it was reported that he will make his return on the July 9-11 series against the Twins after suffering from a strained left oblique. He is 1-8 on the year with a 5.11 ERA and 1.42 WHIP.
Game 3: Jason Hammel, he gave up eight runs in just two innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Friday. He has a 2-11 record and his ERA has swelled up to 6.16 with a 1.61 WHIP through 18 starts. He will look to redeem himself against the Twins on Wednesday.
Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :
The Twins are currently on an 11 game homestand they will now take on the Royals in a 3 game series. The Twins are 20-22 when playing at home this season however they have a losing record and are 11 1/2 games back of the division leader Indians. Coming into this series the Twins are 22nd in batting with 361 runs scored this season and 21st in pitching with 3.47 ERA. Playing against the Royals would give the Twins the opportunity to cut the gap and keep this impressive homestand going.
Player to watch in this series: Max Kepler, he struck a two-run homer it was his first since June 21st. It was just two homers over his last 37 games. He’s also hitting just .183 during that stretch, however, I predict that he will heat up after having one homer under his belt and he should play well against the Royals when they come to visit. He will start to heat up in the second half of the season. He now has 9 homers to go along with 32 RBIs through 83 games played this season.
- RBIs: Eddie Rosario (53)
- Homers: Eddie Rosario (18)
- Batting Average: Eddie Rosario (.310)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Jose Berrios, he took a loss versus the Brewers on Wednesday, allowing three runs over seven innings of work while striking out 3. He will get an easier matchup this time around as he will be on the mound in the series opener against the Royals.
Game 2: Aaron Slegers, he limited the Orioles to one run over six innings Thursday to earn his first MLB win, a 5-2 victory. He’s now got a 2.38 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through 11 1/3 major league innings. He will look for his second victory in a row when he plays the Royals.
Game 3: Lance Lynn, he pitched six innings of one-run ball in a 6-2 win over the Orioles on Friday. He holds a 5.21 ERA through 17 starts on the year. He will be on the mound for the Twins to close things out against the Royals on Wednesday.
How Kansas City Royals & Minnesota Twins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Twins are 9-4 in their last 13 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
Royals are 13-39 in their last 52 overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Minnesota Twins
My reason for the pick :
The Twins should be able to take care of business at home as I predict a 2-1 series win for the Twins over the Royals. The Twins are a better home team and the Royals are currently on a losing streak and are coming off a tough series against the Red Sox. The reason why I have the Royals winning one game in the 3 game series is that Moustakas will put on a masterful batting performance and this will catch the attention of all the team that would want to trade for him before the deadline after Moustakas is dealt the Royals will head towards a full rebuild. The Twins will do all they can not fall to the Royals once again after losing to them earlier on in the season.
The Twins to beat out the Royals 2-1 at home.
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Royals are 11-42 in their last 53 games vs. a right-handed starter.
Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:
- Twins are 3-9 in their last 12 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.