In the second of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (1-6) and the Kansas City Royals (1-6) at Target Field, Kyle Gibson (0-1, 14.73 ERA) and Edinson Volquez (1-0, 1.12 ERA) get the ball. The Royals won the last game 12-3, extending a seven-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and will air on FSN-KC and FSN-N.
In his most recent outing, Gibson pitched 3.2 innings, giving up six runs and walking five in a 7-1 loss to the Tigers. Brian Dozier (.241 ) continued his strong start to the season Monday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. In his career against the Twins, Volquez is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and six strikeouts. Salvador Perez (.414 ) has been doing well to start the season for the Royals, going 2 for 5 Monday with two runs and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 7.4 runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Royals, who average 11.9 hits per game. Kansas City is a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in the MLB with seven stolen bases. The Royals are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 2.57 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 0.86 on the year, good for tops in the league.
So far this season, the Royals are 1-0 against the Twins.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
The Royals hold a perfect 4-0 against the division, while the Twins sit at 1-6.
Minnesota has lost all of its games (0-3) when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won all of its games (4-0) when taking a late lead.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 0-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
Neither the Twins (1-0) nor the Royals (7-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Kansas City tops the league in runs with 52 this season. Minnesota ranks near the bottom at 29th with 16.
Ranking 24th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 16 this season. Kansas City ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 20.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 1-1. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 7-0 record.