Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals - 10/2/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (92-67) at Minnesota Twins (84-76)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
C Young (11-6) (3.15) vs. E Santana (7-4) (4.10)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -115 / Kansas City Royals +105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, FS-Kansas City
The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals face off on Friday in game one of their series of the top two teams in the American League Central.
The Minnesota Twins are still alive in the American League Wildcard race but they don’t control their own destiny so they need to just keep on winning. The Twins are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 46-32 at home, and they trail the Astros by one game for the final Wildcard spot in the AL. As a team the Twins are hitting .248 with Joe Mauer hitting .265, Treovr Plouffe hitting .246, and Torii Hunter hitting .241. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.09 with the starters at 4.14 and the bullpen at 4.01. For game one against the Royals the Twins start Ervin Santana who has allowed 100 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 79 over 101 innings for a 7-4 record and a 4.10 ERA.
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The Kansas City Royals are in contention for the best record in American League but they need to win games and then need a little help. The Royals are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 41-37 on the road this season. As a team the Royals are hitting .268 with Lorenzo Cain hitting .303, Eric Hosmer hitting .301, and Kendrys Morales hitting .291. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 4.42 and the bullpen at 2.75. For game one at Minnesota the Royals start Chris Young who has allowed 87 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 78 over 117 innings for an 11-6 record and a 3.15 ERA.
Minnesota is 6-1in their last six games, 9-3 in game one of a series, and 6-1 in Santana’s last seven starts. Kansas City is 1-5 against a right-handed starter, 1-10 in game one of a series, and 5-1 in Young’s last six road starts. Kansas City has won six of their last eight games in Minnesota.
Runs should be tough to come by so my free pick is on the under. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area.