Ian Kennedy (9-15, 4.28 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (2-1) meet Tommy Milone (9-5, 3.92 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (0-4) in the second of a three-game division series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 4-3, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and will air on FSKC and FSN+.
Kennedy takes the mound after pitching 168.1 innings last year, wrapping up the season with a 9-15 record, 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 174 strikeouts. Alcides Escobar (.308 ) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 2 for 5. Milone takes the hill on the other side. He pitched 128.2 innings last season, going 9-5 with a 3.92 ERA 1.27 WHIP, and one strikeouts. Byung Ho Park (.222 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed the KC Royals a -145 Favorite and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 8. Teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Royals, who allow only 2.7 runs per game. The Royals don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the AL with only 6.5 hits allowed per game.
The Twins average just 11.7 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
So far this season, the Royals are 1-0 against the Twins.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIN
The Twins lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Royals are 2-0. The Twins are 0-2 in close games this season.
The Kansas City batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Minnesota has a record of 0-3 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When outhit, both the Royals and the Twins have records of 0-1.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Kansas City has hit zero this season. Minnesota ranks 18th with three home runs.
Kansas City and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. Kansas City sits at 25th with 6.00 hits per game and Minnesota ranks 21st with 7.00.
Kansas City ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .000. Minnesota ranks near the bottom at 27th with an OPS of .664.