Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (23-20) at Minnesota Twins (11-32)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
I Kennedy (4-3) (3.24) vs. R Nolasco (1-2) (4.74)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +123 / Kansas City Royals -133 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, FS-North
The Minnesota Twins host the rival Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Target Field.
The Kansas City Royals haven’t been firing on all cylinders but seem to be coming around. The Royals have hit a bump in the road with a 3-2 loss at the White Sox Sunday but have still won five of seven. The KC offense faltered which made a loser of Yordano Ventura who gave up all three runs on six hits and four BB over six frames. The Royals totaled eight hits and walked twice with Paulo Orlando and Omar Infante driving in runs while Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon scored. Ian Kennedy gets the ball in the series opener at Target Field on Monday. Kennedy did not get a decision in a 3-2 win versus Boston with both runs plated on six hits while whiffing nine in 5.2 innings.
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The Minnesota Twins are in dire need of a long winning streak and more after a slow start to the season put them behind the eight ball. The Twins just can’t get going with Sunday’s 3-1 loss to visiting Toronto saddling the team with defeats in six of seven. The Twins offense never got untracked and that squandered a solid effort on the mound from Phil Hughes who gave up three runs on eight hits including a pair of homers through six innings to fall to 1-7. Minnesota mustered three hits and walked twice with Kurt Suzuki driving in Robbie Grossman with the lone run. Minnesota is slated to start Ricky Nolasco in game one of their series with visiting Kansas City. On the season Nolasco has gone 1-2 with a 1.24 WHIP and 4.74 ERA in eight starts.
The over is 15-6-5 in Kansas City’s last 26 Monday games and the Royals are 5-12 in their last 17 road games while the under is 5-1-2 in Kennedy’s last 8 on grass. Minnesota are 1-8 in their last 9 home games and the under is 5-2-2 in their last 9 Monday games while the over is 7-3 in the Twins last 10 home games. The under is 17-6-3 in the last 26 meetings and Kansas City are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Minnesota. I don’t know if I have a choice here….