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Twins vs. Royals - 8/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (55-59) at Minnesota Twins (46-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

Y Ventura (7-9) (4.64) vs. K Gibson (4-6) (4.86)

The Line: Minnesota Twins -106 / Kansas City Royals -104 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSKC/FSN

The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Kansas City Royals look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Royals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Kansas City Royals offense continues to be ice cold, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games when scoring three or less runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 120 hits, Alcides Escobar has 30 RBI and Salvador Perez has 16 home runs. Yordano Ventura gets the nod, and he’s 7-9 with a 4.64 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Ventura is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

Twins vs. Royals - 8/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Twins have allowed 32 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.83 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 111 hits, Joe Mauer has 42 RBI and Miguel Sano has 19 home runs. Kyle Gibson takes the hill, and he’s 4-6 with a 4.86 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Gibson is 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 2-6 in Venturas last 8 starts. The Twins are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in Gibsons last 4 starts. The Royals are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings in Minnesota.

If the Royals have any chance of getting back in the wild card race, they need to take advantage of series' like this one. The Twins pitching staff continues to get rocked on a nightly basis and it hasn't been any different for Gibson. Give me Kansas City and the cheap price. 

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Kansas City Royals -104

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