In the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (10-3) and the Minnesota Twins (10-3) at Kauffman Stadium, Jason Vargas (1-1, 6.00 ERA) and Tommy Milone (2-0, 2.08 ERA) get the start. The Royals won the last game 7-1 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 21 and will air on FSN-N and FSN-KC.
Vargas has a 3.97 ERA and a 5-4 record in his career against the Twins, and faces a struggling Minnesota offense that's hitting just .219 on the year. Salvador Perez (.380, 8 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Royals, Milone is 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA. He meets a strong Kansas City offense that's batting .310. Torii Hunter (.233, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Kansas City is a -152 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Royals are 4-3 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +593. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 4-2 and a 4-2 record when they were the favorite. The Royals come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.7 runs per game. The Royals are a superb hitting team with an MLB-best .310 team batting average. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the AL with an average of only 5.2 strikeouts per game. Kansas City's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Royals have a team ERA of 3.31, one of the lowest in their league. The Royals are second in the league in WHIP at 1.01.
Moving on to the away team, the Twins come into this game with a win percentage of .455 when playing as the underdog (5-6) and an overall money line of -111. Against divisional foes, they are 5-7 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-6 record.
The Royals will take on a left-hander (Milone) in this game and have a 5-1 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals sit at 5-2 against the division, while the Twins are struggling at 5-8.
The Twins are 1-0 when they go into extra innings.
Having scored one run 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 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 10-1. The Twins have a 3-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Kansas City ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 75 this season. Minnesota ranks near the bottom at 25th with 40.
Ranking 22nd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 31 this season. Kansas City ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 33.
The Royals are 7-1 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Twins are 5-2 when they hit at least one homer.