Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/30/14
Minnesota Twins (48-57) at Kansas City Royals (53-52)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Philip Hughes (R) (10-6) (3.971) vs. Danny Duffy (L) (4-9) (2.500)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -150 / Minnesota Twins +140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, FS-North
The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins face off on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium for game two of their series.
The Kansas City Royals bats were just ice cold as they lost game one of their series with Twins on Tuesday. Eric Hosmer, Norichika Aoki, and Lorenzo Cain each had hits as the Rotals scored one run on five hits. Starting pitcher James Shields allowed six hits and two runs while striking out five over 6.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 9-6 for the season. For Wednesday’s game the Royals start Danny Duffy who has lost five of his last six decisions. For the season Duffy has allowed 72 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 76 over 98.1 innings for a 5-10 record and a 2.47 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins have not had a good season but you wouldn’t have known it watching them Tuesday as they beat the Royals. Brian Dozier and Daniel Santana each had two hits and Sam Fuld and Josh Willingham had hits as the Twins scored two runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson allowed two hits and struck out seven over 7.0 scoreless innings to get the win and go to 9-8 for the season and Glen Perkins earned his 26th save. For Wednesday’s game the Twins start Phil Hughes who has lost his last two starts. For the season Hughes has allowed 151 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 113 over 131.2 innings for a 10-7 record and a 4.10 ERA.
Kansas City is 5-2 in their last seven games, 2-8 in game two of a series, and 2-5 in Duffy’s last seven starts. Minnesota is 6-1 in their last seven road games, 6-1 as a road underdog, and 9-0 in Hughes’ last nine starts against a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 11-22 in their last 33 games against Kansas City.
The Royals looked just terrible on Tuesday with Shields going so I have little confidence they can do better here.
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