Edinson Volquez (1-1, 2.30 ERA) and Kyle Gibson (1-1, 6.10 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (9-3) and the Minnesota Twins (5-7) at Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 20 and can be seen on FSN-N and FSN-KC.
Volquez is 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his appearances against the Twins, and goes up against a below-average Minnesota offense which is batting just .223 this season. Lorenzo Cain (.413, 12 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. Gibson is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Royals in his career. He takes on a good Kansas City offense that's batting .313. Torii Hunter (.225, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Kansas City is a -157 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Royals have an overall money line of +491 and a record as the favorite of 4-3. Kansas City has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 4-2 and 4-2 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Royals have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in offense with 5.8 runs per game. The Royals lead the MLB in batting average with an impressive team average of .313. Kansas City strikes out the least of any team in the AL, with only 5.2 per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Royals, who have a team ERA of only 3.43. The Royals are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.03 so far this season.
As for their opponent, Minnesota is coming in with an overall money line of -211 and a disappointing record of 4-6 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 4-6 record against fellow AL Central members, and a 4-6 record SU.
The Twins lead the season series, 2-1. The Royals have a 4-2 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gibson takes the mound. Volquez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 3-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals hold a 4-2 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the Twins currently sit at 5-7 in these games.
The Twins are 1-0 when they go into extra innings.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 6-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 9-1. The Twins have a 3-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Minnesota has earned 39 this season. Kansas City ranks second with 68 runs.
Both Kansas City and Minnesota are tied at 24th in walks with a total of 29 this season.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 7-1. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 5-2 record.