Chris Young (4-2, 2.56 ERA) gets the start for the Kansas City Royals (32-23) as they go up against Trevor May (4-3, 4.45 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (33-24) in the second of a three-game series at Target Field. The Royals won the last game 3-1 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and will air on FSN-KC and FSN-N.
May is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA against the Royals in his career, and faces a solid Kansas City offense that's hitting .270 on the year. Brian Dozier (.268, 47 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. In his career against the Twins, Young is 1-2 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts. Eric Hosmer (.306, 32 Rs, 7 HRs, 35 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Royals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Minnesota is favored by a small -113 margin in its matchup against Kansas City. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Twins are 6-5 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +1,666. They have a winless record (0-3) in games played as the favorite during their last 10 games. The Twins are the best in the AL in walks allowed, giving up just 2.3 per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Royals come into this game with a win percentage of .583 when playing as the underdog (14-10) and an overall money line of +618. Against fellow AL Central members, they are 16-12 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 7-6 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.5 runs per game, below their 4.4 season average. Kansas City is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. The Royals average just 5.9 strikeouts per game, good for least in the AL.
The Royals have mostly come out on top against the Twins in their previous seven games this season, earning a 4-3 record. This game will feature Young (RHP) on the mound against the Twins, who have an 18-16 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Royals will be the right-hander May. They sport a 21-16 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
This season, the Twins hold an even 16-16 record against AL Central teams. The Royals sit at 17-12 against these opponents.
The Twins and the Royals are both 3-1 in games that go into extra innings.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 7-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 27-4. The Twins have a 22-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, Kansas City has earned 240 this season. Minnesota ranks seventh with 248 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 114 this season. Minnesota ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 135.
The Twins are 25-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 21-10 when they hit at least one homer.