Ervin Santana (1-2, 3.13 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (11-33) go up against Edinson Volquez (4-4, 3.79 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (23-21) in the second of a three-game division series at Target Field. The Royals won the last game 10-4, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and will air on FSKC and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Santana pitched 8.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 3-2 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 unsuccessful against the Red Sox 5-2 the last time Volquez pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking four. Eric Hosmer (.307, 23 Rs, 8 HRs, 21 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds are Royals -115 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
So far this season, the Royals are 4-0 against the Twins.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
The Royals sit at 9-4 against the division, while the Twins are 4-18
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 15-16 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 4-27. 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 21st with 41 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 27th with 38.
Ranking 25th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.86 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top half at 13th with 8.56.
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 .671, and Kansas City ranks 22nd with an OPS of .702.
The Royals are 12-15 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Twins are 8-25 when they allow at least one homer.