The Kansas City Royals will be taking the field against their division rival Minnesota Twins. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City is in line to broadcast the matchup.
Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins Odds
The Royals have gone 56-98 SU this year and are 72-81 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 22.1 units for moneyline gamblers and 22.4 units ATS. Kansas City has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Twins, on the other hand, are 94-59 SU and 84-68 ATS. The team’s gained 19.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.2 units ATS. Minnesota has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven outings and the over has cashed in four of those seven.
Minnesota games have an over/under record of 77-70-5 in 2019. The Royals have an over/under record of 75-70-8.
Left-hander Eric Skoglund is projected to start for Kansas City. Skoglund (0-1, 8.36 ERA) has racked up two punchouts in 14 innings so far. He has yet to face the Twins this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Twins will turn to Randy Dobnak (0-1, 2.12 ERA), who has 12 strikeouts and three walks, along with a WHIP of 1.53. Dobnak did not record any MLB appearances in 2018.
Kansas City’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.19 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 7.25 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.07, along with a K/9 of 8.69.
Royals hitters have slashed .245/.309/.398 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.8 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).
Second baseman Whit Merrifield and outfielder Jorge Soler continue to lead Kansas City’s hitters. Merrifield is slashing .303/.351/.465 with 16 home runs, 74 RBIs, 100 runs and 18 stolen bases, while Soler (.256/.344/.553) has produced 45 homers, 110 RBIs and 86 runs scored.
For the home team, Minnesota’s pitching staff has given up 4.7 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 4.18, a WHIP of 1.30 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.5. The bullpen has a 4.18 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.5 K/9. In 67 games against divisional foes, Twins starters have an ERA of 4.14 and the bullpen’s ERA is 2.87.
Minnesota’s hitters have produced 5.8 runs per outing, including 5.7 per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .288/.364/.514 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.
Shortstop Jorge Polanco and left fielder Eddie Rosario have led the charge for the Twins’ hitters this year. Polanco is hitting .299/.360/.491 with 22 home runs, 78 RBIs and 101 runs scored, while Rosario’s line sits at .279/.302/.502 with 31 homers, 101 RBIs and 88 runs.
The Twins have lost 2.9 units and are 19-16 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 21 of those games, compared to 12 that’ve hit the under against lefty starters.
Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Twins, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – OVER
Kansas City has recorded 13 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Minnesota has 20 XBH over its last five.
The Royals have lost six of their last seven games SU while the Twins have won three of their last four.
Kansas City has posted 20.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.2 over its last five.
The Royals have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit 18 over their last 10.