August 14: Kansas City Royals versus Minnesota Twins
The Royals enter play with a record of 8-11, four games off the pace in the AL Central. The Twins lead the division with a 12-7 record.
Jacob Junis is scheduled to start on the mound for the Royals, while Jake Odorizzi is set to make his second start of the season for the Twins.
Minnesota is the favorite at –185 to +155 with an over/under of 9.5.
The Royals have a balanced offensive attack led by Jorge Soler who has 5 home runs and 10 RBI.
Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield pace the team in RBI with 12 and are tied with Maikel Franco for second on the club In home runs with 4.
As a group the Royals are hitting a respectable .255 with 23 home runs and 4.4 runs per game.
Minnesota has a more potent attack. Nelson Cruz leads the team in RBI with 18 and in batting average at .329, while going deep 4 times.
Eddie Rosario has been the top power threat with 6 home runs and 17 RBI. Max Kepler, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano have combined to hi 14 home runs.
As a team, the Twins have taken opposing pitchers deep 32 times and are averaging 5.2 runs per game.
On the mound, Jacob Junis is 0-0 with a 4.00 ERA, allowing 11 hits and striking out 4 in 9 innings of work.
Frequently used Tyler Zuber has been wild in 9 innings out of the bullpen, walking 10.
Trevor Rosenthal has been reliable in the closer role, saving 4 with a 1.00 ERA in 9 innings. Josh Staumont has been lights out in 8 2/3 innings, striking out 17.
The Royals have a 4.01 ERA as a team, but have committed 17 errors for a poor .975 fielding percentage.
Jake Odorizzi is making just his second start, and is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in three innings of work. The bullpen for the Twins has been impressive. Tyler Duffey hasn’t allowed an earned run in 7 innings, striking out 10.
Matt Wisler has punched out 11 in 10 innings with a 1.80 ERA, while Tyler Clippard has been solid with a 2.08 ERA over 8 2/3 innings. As a team the Twins have a stellar 3.48 ERA and have committed only two errors for a slick .997 fielding percentage.
There is little indication that the Royals can stay with the Twins over the course of nine innings. Minnesota has more talent across the board and will win the game.
The question is whether or not the game will go over or under. Both teams have been really solid on the mound, and the teams likely won’t reach their average scoring output.
Go for the “under” and a Twins victory.