Kyle Gibson (4-3, 3.00 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (33-25) square off against Edinson Volquez (4-4, 3.26 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (33-23) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Target Field. The Royals won the last game 2-0 and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on FSN-KC and FSN-N.
Gibson is 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his appearances against the Royals, but goes up against a quality Kansas City offense which is batting .270 this season. Against the Twins, Volquez is 1-1 with a 2.18 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts. Kendrys Morales (.292, 33 Rs, 7 HRs, 41 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Kansas City is a narrow -109 favorite over Minnesota. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. The Twins have an overall money line of +1,566 and a record as the underdog of 27-19. Within its division, Minnesota has a 2-2 as the underdog and a 16-16 SU. The Twins have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Twins are the top team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.3 walks per game so far this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Kansas City has a 18-13 record and an overall money line of +718. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 10-6 record against fellow AL Central members, and a 17-12 record SU. Offensively, the Royals have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 2.7 during that stretch. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 9.2 hits per game. Kansas City is excellent at not striking out with an AL-low 5.9 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Royals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.21 for the season.
The Royals lead the season series, 5-3. The Twins have an 18-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Volquez takes the mound. Gibson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 22-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Twins hold a 16-17 record this season against teams in the AL Central Division. The Royals' record in these matchups is 18-12.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 15-7, while Minnesota is 9-10.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Twins are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
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 two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 28-4. The Twins have a 22-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Kansas City has earned 242 this season. Minnesota ranks eighth with 248 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 118 this season. Minnesota ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 139.
The Twins are 25-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 22-10 when they hit at least one homer.