Edinson Volquez (9-10, 4.95 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (61-60) meet Jose Berrios (2-3, 9.32 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (49-72) in the second of a four-game division series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 8-1, extending a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19 and will air on FSKC and FSN.
In his last start, Volquez pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four runs (two unearned), striking out three and walking one in an 11-4 victory over the Twins. Kendrys Morales (.244, 43 Rs, 20 HRs, 57 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI. The Twins were unsuccessful the last time Berrios pitched. He did not do well, pitching 2.0 innings, allowing six runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking one in a 15-7 loss to the Astros. Brian Dozier (.267, 73 Rs, 27 HRs, 73 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Kansas City, a -135 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 28-12 record and have an overall money line of +337. They are 8-2 SU and perfect as the favorite (2-0) in their last 10 games. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Royals has gone great. Over that span, Kansas City is averaging 5.1 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.9. The Royals are a stellar hitting team with 9.5 hits per home game, one of the highest marks in the AL. Kansas City's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 2.6 during that span, compared to its 4.3 season average.
Moving on to the away team, the Twins come into this game with a win percentage of .407 when playing as the underdog (37-54) and an overall money line of -1,182. Against divisional opponents, they are 15-28 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 12-20 record. The Twins are the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL when playing on the road, averaging four runs per game so far. The Twins are one of the top road hitting teams in the AL, averaging 9.1 hits in games away from home. The Twins average 3.2 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL. Switching gears to Minnesota's pitching staff, they allow just 2.6 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 8-2. The Royals will take on a right-hander (Berrios) in this game and have a 46-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Twins will be the right-hander Volquez. They sport a 34-56 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
The Royals sit at 31-17 against the division, while the Twins are struggling at 15-29.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 3-18 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 8-60. The Royals have a 6-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 105 this season. Minnesota ranks 14th with 146 home runs.
Ranking sixth, Kansas City is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.96 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.97.
Ranking 26th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.711). Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .753.
The Twins are 35-60 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 40-49 when they allow at least one homer.