Jose Berrios (2-4, 9.24 ERA) and Ian Kennedy (9-9, 3.66 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (51-86) and the Kansas City Royals (70-66) at Target Field. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on FSKC and FSN.
Berrios pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking five in an 8-5 defeat to the Tigers. Brian Dozier (.276, 89 Rs, 35 HRs, 87 RBIs, 13 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 6 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Kennedy went 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out one and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Yankees in his last outing. Kendrys Morales (.252, 51 Rs, 22 HRs, 64 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The Royals sit at 35-19 against the division, while the Twins are 17-40
Minnesota recorded at least two errors for the 21st time this season.
The Twins are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 11 runs. The Royals have a 0-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 9-69. The Royals have a 9-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 121 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half with 166.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 324 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 431.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 42-48. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 48-37 record.