Danny Duffy (10-1, 2.73 ERA) and Ervin Santana (6-9, 3.43 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (63-60) and the Minnesota Twins (49-74) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 10-0, continuing a seven-game winning streak. Kansas City can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on FSKC and FSN.
Duffy pitched 7.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 6-1 win over the Tigers. Eric Hosmer (.274, 60 Rs, 17 HRs, 72 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Santana went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-2 win over the Braves in his last outing.
Kansas City is a -171 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +537 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 30-12. Kansas City is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 9-1 SU record in its last ten outings. The Royals have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. The Royals are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits at home with a phenomenal 9.5 per game. Kansas City's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.5 per game. Kansas City's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.3 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.2.
In the other locker room, Minnesota is coming in with an overall money line of -1,382 and a disappointing record of 37-56 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-4 record and a 3-7 record SU. Offensively, the Twins have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.6 runs per game by averaging 4.1 in those contests. Minnesota is excellent at drawing walks with 3.2 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The Twins allow 5.3 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 7.1 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Twins have the second-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The Royals have controlled the season series, 10-2. The Royals have a 48-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Santana takes the mound. Duffy (LHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 15-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
The Royals hold a 33-17 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Twins have a 15-31 record against the division.
After last game's shutout win against Minnesota, the Royals now have five shutouts this season. The Twins have been shut out in six games this season.
The Royals are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Twins have a 1-13 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
The Royals are coming into the game with seven consecutive wins, while the Twins currently have a losing streak of three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 51-16. The Twins have a 36-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 493 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 561.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 285 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 390.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 43-33. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 40-40 record.