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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.
Kansas City Royals are:
- 29-59 in their last 88 overall.
- 18-37 in their last 55 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
- 21-45 in their last 66 games following a win.
- 4-11 in their last 15 Friday games
Minnesota Twins are:
- 4-1 in Berrios’ last 5 starts with 5 days of rest.
- 10-3 in Berrios’ last 13 starts vs. American League Central.
- 11-4 in Berrios’ last 15 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
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
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
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
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
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.