Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Tyler Duffey (1-3, 3.30 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (11-34) meet Dillon Gee (1-1, 2.90 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (24-21) in the last of a three-game series at Target Field. The Royals won the last game 7-4, and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 25 and will air on FSKC and FSN+.
In his most recent outing, Duffey pitched 5.2 innings, giving up six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Byung Ho Park (.223, 19 Rs, 9 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Royals were victorious over the White Sox 4-1 the last time Gee pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking one.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Twins -110 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
In their previous five games this season, the Royals have a 5-0 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
The Royals sit at 10-4 against the division, while the Twins are 4-19
When leading after seven innings, Kansas City is 9-9, while Minnesota is 4-12.
The Royals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are heading in with a 3-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 4-28. The Royals have a 4-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Minnesota sits at 22nd with 41 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 25th with 39.
Ranking 22nd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.93 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.84.
Minnesota and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Minnesota sits at 27th with an OPS of .669, and Kansas City ranks 21st with an OPS of .707.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 12-15. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have an 8-26 record.