In the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (82-54) and the Minnesota Twins (70-66) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Yordano Ventura (10-7, 4.24 ERA) and Tommy Milone (7-4, 3.60 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 7 and will air on FSKC and FSN.
In his last start, Ventura pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out 11 and walking one in a 12-1 victory over the Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (.312, 87 Rs, 14 HRs, 64 RBIs, 26 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Twins were also victorious the last time Milone pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out seven in a 3-0 victory over the White Sox. Eddie Rosario (.271, 47 Rs, 9 HRs, 39 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
Kansas City, a -177 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Minnesota. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Royals have a winning record of 49-27 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +2,415. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 34-22 and a 21-14 record when they were the favorite. The Royals come into the game with the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the 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. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with 88 steals. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Royals rank fifth in the AL in home ERA with a 3.53 team average. The Royals are fifth in the AL in walks allowed at home with just 2.5 per game.
On the other side, the Twins have a record of 54-54 when they are the underdog and are +1,983 overall with the money line. 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 mostly come out on top against the Twins in their previous 13 games this season, earning an 8-5 record. The Royals will take on a left-hander (Milone) in this game and have a 26-23 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Twins will be the right-hander Ventura. They sport a 45-44 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals are 34-23 against their divisional rivals, while the Twins are 28-26 against their division.
The Royals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 25-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 15-57. The Royals have a 12-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 112 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 130.
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 9.31.
Ranking 24th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .739.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 38-52, well-matched with the Royals who are 38-39 when allowing at least one homer.