Upcoming Free Picks

Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals,
9-14-2018 - Pick and Prediction

This is a past game! View all upcoming games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#921 Minnesota
Twins -125
#922 Kansas City
Royals 8.5

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 8:15pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Minnesota Twins
J. BERRIOS

67 - 79

11
W's
11
L's
3.84
ERA
1.15
WHIP

Kansas City Royals
J. LOPEZ

50 - 96

2
W's
3
L's
4.39
ERA
1.15
WHIP

Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals

MLB: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri on Friday, September 14 at 8:15 PM EST

The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals go again in game 2 of their series from the Kauffman Stadium on Friday night. The Royals opened the series with a 6-4 win. Jose Berrios and Jorge Lopez, both right-handed pitchers, are likely to start for the Twins and the Royals respectively.

Twins lose to Royals after Yankees series win

The Minnesota Twins’ place seems to have been decided in the AL Central standings. Despite their 67-79 season record, the Twins will finish second, well behind the Cleveland Indians and well ahead of Detroit.

In their previous game, the Twins were comfortably beaten 6-4 by the Kansas City Royals, which came one game after a series win against the New York Yankees. The Royals didn’t have a hit, until Alan Busenitz was taken for a leadoff double in the sixth inning.

The Twins batting has been marginally better than their pitching through the season, as was the case against the Royals. They have hit a combined 637 runs (18th in the MLB), with a batting average of .244 (also 18th overall).

Royals finally win 50

Finally, the Kansas City Royals seem to be finding their fluency. They have now won three of their last four games, including a 6-4 win against the Minnesota Twins in their previous game as they finally notched up their 50th win of the season.

Jorge Bonifacio and Salvador Perez struck homers in the sixth inning. The Royals didn’t even manage a hit until that inning. Adalberto Mondesi had an RBI single. Heath Fillmyer allowed four runs and five hits in a little over seven innings.

The Royals occupy the 29th place in the MLB in both runs scored (553) and ERA (5.05). That’s simply not good enough for a team with the quality and the confidence of the Royals.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

In a game between two sides out of form, the most important factor becomes skill. Through the season, the Twins have shown just that much more proficiency on both ends of the field. That will be a massive difference in this game.

Prediction: Minnesota Twins

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Royals are ranked 29th in the MLB in runs scored. The Twins are 18th. Both have their share of batting problems, and that will continue in game 2.

Prediction: Under 8.5

Full-Game Prop Bet
Rating:

Both teams will want to ease their way into this game, especially with the Twins wanting to find their efficiency from the outset. As a result, despite the low odds, this is a relatively riskless selection.

Prediction: A run in the first inning: No

First Five Innings Side Pick
Rating:

After their series-opening loss, the Twins will want to bounce back quickly. It’s not like they don’t have the personnel or the ability to make that happen. Therefore, expect the Twins to come out strong and take an early lead.

Prediction: Minnesota Twins

First Five Innings Total Bet
Rating:

Starting solidly on the defensive end will be the blueprint for both these teams. Over the first five innings, mixed with these teams’ batting struggles, the total should stay under.

Prediction: Under

Nikhil Kalro

Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Saturday, Feb 16
NCAAB
#601 Oklahoma 142.5
#602 TCU -6
12:00pm
View Pick
#605 North Carolina
#606 Wake Forest
12:00pm
View Pick
#607 George Washington 137.5
#608 Duquesne -8.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#609 Clemson 132.5
#610 Louisville -4.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#613 Southern Illinois 137
#614 Indiana State -1
12:00pm
View Pick
#617 Auburn -8.5
#618 Vanderbilt 148
12:00pm
View Pick
#603 Maryland 127
#604 Michigan -7.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#623 Texas A&M 146.5
#624 South Carolina -4
1:00pm
View Pick
#621 Oklahoma State 134
#622 Texas -11.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#619 Detroit 163
#620 Wisconsin-Green Bay -4.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#641 Fordham 132
#642 Rhode Island -11
2:00pm
View Pick
#653 Charlotte 120
#654 ODU -13
2:00pm
View Pick
#651 Florida 133
#652 Alabama -3
2:00pm
View Pick
#649 Rice 147.5
#650 FAU -5.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#647 Middle Tennessee State 153.5
#648 Marshall -7.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#645 Miami - OH -5.5
#646 Western Michigan 142
2:00pm
View Pick
#643 North Texas -2.5
#644 FIU 150.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#637 Florida State -6
#638 Georgia Tech 131.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#639 Xavier 134
#640 Providence -5.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#635 Indiana 135
#636 Minnesota -3
2:00pm
View Pick
#633 Coastal Carolina 155
#634 Appalachian State -2
2:00pm
View Pick
#631 Notre Dame
#632 Virginia
2:00pm
View Pick
#629 Baylor 125.5
#630 Texas Tech -7
2:00pm
View Pick
#627 Drexel 142
#628 Towson -1
2:00pm
View Pick
#625 Akron 131.5
#626 Ball State -3.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#655 UAB 135
#656 Western Kentucky -7.5
3:00pm
View Pick
#657 UTSA 145
#658 Louisiana Tech -5
3:00pm
View Pick
#659 Valaparaiso 135
#660 Drake -4.5
3:00pm
View Pick
#661 UTEP 129
#662 Southern Miss -8.5
3:00pm
View Pick
#663 Missouri 137.5
#664 Ole Miss -8.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#673 Penn State 139
#674 Purdue -12.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#677 BYU -2.5
#678 Loyola Marymount 136
4:00pm
View Pick
#675 Texas State -1.5
#676 Arkansas - Little Rock 139
4:00pm
View Pick
#679 West Virginia
#680 Kansas
4:00pm
View Pick
#671 Utah State -9.5
#672 Air Force 137
4:00pm
View Pick
#669 VCU 131
#670 Dayton -1.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#667 Iowa State 129
#668 Kansas State -2.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#665 Northeastern 141
#666 Charleston -2.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#681 Ohio U 146
#682 Central Michigan -6
4:30pm
View Pick
#683 Bowling Green -1.5
#684 Northern Illinois 144.5
4:30pm
View Pick
#685 Virginia Tech -5.5
#686 Pittsburgh 131
4:30pm
View Pick
#691 UNLV -12
#692 San Jose State 146
5:00pm
View Pick
#687 La Salle 133
#688 St. Louis -7
5:00pm
View Pick
#611 NC State
#612 Duke
6:00pm
View Pick
#693 LSU -8
#694 Georgia 154
6:00pm
View Pick
#695 Memphis 148
#696 UCF -5.5
6:00pm
View Pick
#697 Temple 148
#698 USF -1
6:00pm
View Pick
#699 Illinois - Chicago -1
#700 Youngstown State 148
6:00pm
View Pick
#701 Iowa -3.5
#702 Rutgers 149
6:00pm
View Pick
#719 Fresno State -1.5
#720 New Mexico 147
7:00pm
View Pick
#721 Boise State 138
#722 San Diego State -4.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#723 Oakland University -1
#724 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 145
7:00pm
View Pick
#707 William & Mary -4.5
#708 Elon 143.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#705 Hofstra -9.5
#706 UNCW 162
7:00pm
View Pick
#703 Eastern Michigan 135.5
#704 Kent State -3.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#727 Washington -8
#728 Washington State 145
8:00pm
View Pick
#729 USC -7
#730 California 150.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#731 Tennessee 146
#732 Kentucky -3.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#733 Bradley 132
#734 Illinois State -4
8:00pm
View Pick
#735 DePaul 144.5
#736 Butler -6.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#737 Delaware 136
#738 James Madison -3
8:00pm
View Pick
#739 Northwestern 127
#740 Nebraska -5
8:30pm
View Pick
#741 Mississippi St -1.5
#742 Arkansas 149
8:30pm
View Pick
#743 Pacific 131.5
#744 Santa Clara -1
9:00pm
View Pick
#745 Cal State Fullerton -2.5
#746 Cal State Northridge 151.5
10:00pm
View Pick
#747 Long Beach State 143
#748 UC Davis -5
10:00pm
View Pick
#749 UCSB 125
#750 Cal Irvine -6.5
10:00pm
View Pick
#751 UCLA 150.5
#752 Stanford -1.5
10:00pm
View Pick
#753 San Francisco
#754 Portland
10:00pm
View Pick
#755 Gonzaga
#756 San Diego
10:00pm
View Pick
#757 Arizona State -1
#758 Utah 154
10:00pm
View Pick
#759 Nevada
#760 Wyoming
10:00pm
View Pick
#761 Oregon 131
#762 Oregon State -1
10:30pm
View Pick
#763 Pepperdine 145.5
#764 St Marys -13
11:00pm
View Pick
#765 Cal Riverside
#766 Hawaii
11:55pm
View Pick
NHL
#1 Detroit 6
#2 Philadelphia -190
1:05pm
View Pick
#3 Calgary 6.5
#4 Pittsburgh -135
1:05pm
View Pick
#5 St. Louis -120
#6 Colorado 6
3:05pm
View Pick
#13 Montreal 6
#14 Tampa Bay -210
7:05pm
View Pick
#15 Dallas 5.5
#16 Carolina -145
8:05pm
View Pick
#17 Columbus -120
#18 Chicago 6.5
8:35pm
View Pick
#19 Nashville 5.5
#20 Vegas -125
10:05pm
View Pick
#21 Vancouver 6.5
#22 San Jose -245
10:05pm
View Pick
#23 Boston -145
#24 Los Angeles 5.5
10:35pm
View Pick