Trevor May (3-6, 7.88 ERA) and Danny Duffy (0-0, 9.00 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (1-5) and the Kansas City Royals (6-0) at Target Field. The Royals come into this series hoping to extend a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and can be seen on FSN-KC and FSN-N.
Joe Mauer (.300 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4. When pitching against the Twins, Duffy is 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts. Salvador Perez (.417 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Royals, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Kansas City takes on Minnesota as a -122 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Twins have an overall money line of -400 and a record as the underdog of 1-5.
Over in the other dugout, Kansas City has a perfect record of 3-0 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +539 at this point in the season. Offensively, they average 6.2 runs per game, which is good for second in the AL. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 11.2 hits per game. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with seven stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Kansas City's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 2.60 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Royals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.85 for the season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals haven't lost a game against any of their AL Central Division opponents, sitting at 3-0. The Twins, on the other hand, have a 1-5 record against these teams.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 3-0, while Minnesota is 0-2.
The Royals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 1-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins and the Royals are both undefeated. Minnesota has a 1-0 record in these situations while Kansas City is 6-0.
Ranking 26th in runs, Minnesota has earned 13 this season. Kansas City ranks second with 40 runs.
Minnesota and Kansas City both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Minnesota sits at 20th with 15 this season and Kansas City ranks 17th with 16.
The Twins are 1-0 when they hit at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 6-0 record.