In the last of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (2-6) and the Kansas City Royals (2-6) at Target Field, Tommy Milone (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Jason Vargas (1-0, 3.00 ERA) get the start. The Twins won the last game 3-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 16 and will air on FSN-KC.
Milone is 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA, 15 strikeouts and 11 walks against the Royals in his career. Joe Mauer (.286 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Twins, Vargas is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 24 walks.
Minnesota is a small +103 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Twins are 2-6 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -388.
Across the field, the Royals have a record of 4-1 when they are favored and are +625 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 4-1 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 4-1 record. The Royals are the number one overall scoring offense in the AL, averaging 6.6 runs per game so far. Kansas City is the top hitting team in the league, converting .322 of their at-bats for hits. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Kansas City batters, who average an AL-low 5.4 strikeouts per game. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the third-lowest ERA in the AL at 2.66. They have a WHIP of 0.85, best in the MLB.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
Kansas City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games.
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
Kansas City is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Minnesota.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota.
Kansas City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota.
The Royals sit at 4-1 against the division, while the Twins are 2-6
The Twins are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 4-1 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 7-1. The Twins have a 1-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Minnesota is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 19 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top five at fourth with 53.
Minnesota and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Minnesota sits at 26th with 17 this season and Kansas City ranks 24th with 20.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 2-1. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 7-0 record.