The Minnesota Twins will be squaring off against their divisional rival Kansas City Royals. Fox Sports Kansas City will be televising the matchup and the first pitch will be at 2:15 p.m. ET.
Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals Odds
Vegas is listing Minnesota (-175) as the favorite over Kansas City (+165). The game’s total is sitting at 10.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for -120 and the under for an even +100. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds standing at -120 for the Twins -1.5 runs and +100 for the Royals +1.5.
The Royals are 58-102 straight up (SU) and 75-84 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 22.0 units for moneyline bettors and 22.3 units ATS. The Twins, on the other hand, are 100-60 SU and have gone 89-70 against the spread. They’re up 21.9 units for moneyline gamblers and 12.5 units ATS.
Kansas City games have an over/under record of 80-71-8 in 2019. Minnesota has also been a decent over bet with a total record of 81-73-5.
Cody Stashak will get the nod for the visiting Twins. Stashak is 0-1 with a 3.13 ERA and 23 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Kansas City this year.
The Royals are putting the ball in the right hand of Glenn Sparkman (4-11, 6.11 ERA), who has 77 punchouts and 40 walks as well as a 1.52 WHIP. Sparkman is 1-1 with 14 strikeouts and a 6.53 ERA over four starts against Minnesota this year.
Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 4.18 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.54 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.18, along with a WHIP of 1.29.
The Twins offense has slashed .270/.341/.494 on its way to 5.8 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.8 runs per game against divisional foes and 7.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (5-0 SU).
Shortstop Jorge Polanco and left fielder Eddie Rosario have paced Minnesota’s offense. Polanco is slashing .297/.359/.489 with 22 home runs, 78 RBIs and 107 runs scored, while Rosario (.278/.302/.504) is up to 32 homers, 109 RBIs and 91 runs scored.
In the home-team dugout, Kansas City’s pitchers have given up 5.4 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.30 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.10 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 8.6 K/9. In 74 games against divisional opponents, Royals starters have an ERA of 4.93 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.72.
The Kansas City hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.8 per game against divisional foes and 6.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .318/.380/.500 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
The Royals’ offense has been led by second baseman Whit Merrifield and right fielder Jorge Soler. Merrifield is slashing .301/.347/.462 with 16 home runs, 74 RBIs, 105 runs and 19 stolen bases, and Soler’s line sits at .263/.352/.555 with 45 homers, 113 RBIs and 92 runs.
Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Twins, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER
Minnesota has tallied 19 extra-base hits over its last five games. Kansas City has 23 XBH over its last five.
The Twins have won seven of their last eight games SU while the Royals have lost three of their last four.
Minnesota has recorded 25.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 29.0 over its last five.
The Twins have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.