In the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (82-54) and the Minnesota Twins (70-66) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Edinson Volquez (12-7, 3.53 ERA) and Kyle Gibson (9-9, 3.84 ERA) get the start. The Twins won the last game 6-2 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and will air on FSKC and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Volquez pitched 3.0 innings, giving up six runs, striking out three and walking one in a 15-7 loss to the Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (.314, 88 Rs, 14 HRs, 64 RBIs, 26 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Twins were unsuccessful to the White Sox 6-4 the last time Gibson pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. Eddie Rosario (.270, 47 Rs, 9 HRs, 39 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Kansas City, a -167 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Minnesota. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 49-28 record and have an overall money line of +2,210. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 34-23 and a 21-15 record when they were the favorite. The Royals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Royals are a superb hitting team with 9.3 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. The Royals are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 88 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Royals rank fifth in the AL in home ERA with a 3.58 team average. The Royals are fifth in the AL in walks allowed at home with just 2.5 per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Twins come into this game with a win percentage of .495 when playing as the underdog (54-55) and an overall money line of +1,883. Against divisional foes, they are 28-26 SU and 20-22 as the underdog. They also allow just 2.5 walks per game, second-best in the AL.
The Royals have gotten the best of the Twins in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-6. The Royals will take on a right-hander (Gibson) in this game. They have done very well against right-handed starting pitchers this season (56-31), especially at home where they have a 31-14 record. Taking the hill against the Twins will be the right-hander Volquez. They sport a 45-44 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals are 34-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Twins are 29-26 against their division.
The Royals managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 4-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 12-46. The Twins have a 15-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 112 this season. Minnesota ranks 17th with 131 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.32 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.29.
Ranking 24th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.706). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .738.
The Twins are 38-52 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 38-40 record.