Kyle Gibson (5-9, 5.31 ERA) and Danny Duffy (11-2, 3.13 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (51-88) and the Kansas City Royals (72-66) at Target Field. The Royals won the last game 10-3, and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 7 and can be seen on FSKC and FSN.
Gibson pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out six and walking one in an 11-4 defeat to the White Sox. Brian Dozier (.278, 93 Rs, 39 HRs, 92 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Duffy went 5.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 7-6 defeat to the Tigers in his last outing. Kendrys Morales (.254, 54 Rs, 25 HRs, 72 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and five RBIs.
The Royals sit at 37-19 against the division, while the Twins are 17-42
The Twins managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are coming in with a 15-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Royals have won their last two games while the Twins have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 37-12. The Royals have a 55-17 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Kansas City has earned 573 this season. Minnesota ranks 11th with 645 runs.
Ranking 26th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.716). Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .754.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 45-54. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have a 37-73 record.