In the second of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (46-70) and the Kansas City Royals (56-59) at Target Field, Tyler Duffey (7-8, 5.93 ERA) and Dillon Gee (4-5, 4.54 ERA) get the start. The Royals won the last game 7-3, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13 and will air on FSKC and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Duffey pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out eight and walking one in a 3-1 victory over the Astros. Brian Dozier (.264, 67 Rs, 24 HRs, 68 RBIs, 8 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Royals were also victorious the last time Gee pitched. He went 2.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out three in a 3-2 victory over the White Sox. Kendrys Morales (.248, 41 Rs, 19 HRs, 55 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Royals, going 2 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Minnesota is a -120 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Twins have a losing record of 10-15 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of -1,247. They have not performed well against their division, earning a SU record of 14-26 and a 2-6 record when they were the favorite. The Twins rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 385. The Twins typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.2 walks per game. As for the pitching staff, the Twins don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking second in the AL with only 2.6 walks allowed per game.
On the other side, the Royals have a subpar record of 27-47 when they are the underdog and are -102 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 25-16 SU, but have a 10-14 record when they were an underdog to win. Kansas City has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 4.7 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.8. The Royals average just 7.5 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. The Royals are one of the top AL pitching staffs on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of four runs allowed per away game.
The Royals had the upper hand against the Twins in their previous seven games this season, earning a 6-1 record. This game will feature Gee (RHP) on the mound against the Twins, who have a 15-29 home and 31-54 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Royals will be the right-hander Duffey. They sport a 43-44 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIN, O/U - Under
The Royals sit at 26-16 against the division, while the Twins are 14-27
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 37-41 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Royals have won their last three games while the Twins have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 44-16. The Twins have a 33-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Kansas City has earned 443 this season. Minnesota ranks 11th with 533 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 260 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 11th with 365.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 38-37, well-matched with the Royals who are 38-32 when hitting one or more homers.