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Royals vs. Twins - 8/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (49-71) at Kansas City Royals (60-60)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Tyler Duffey (8-8) (5.72) vs. D Gee (4-6) (4.78)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -110 / Minnesota Twins +100 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN/FSKC

The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals begin a four-game series Thursday night.

The Minnesota Twins look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Twins have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins offense has woken up in the second half, and they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 119 hits, Joe Mauer has 44 RBI and Miguel Sano has 20 home runs. Tyler Duffey gets the ball, and he’s 8-8 with a 5.71 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. Duffey is 2-0 with a 4.61 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

Royals vs. Twins - 8/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Royals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals offense has picked up during this streak, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 126 hits, Eric Hosmer has 69 RBI and Salvador Perez has 16 home runs. Dillon Gee takes the hill, and he’s 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Gee is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Twins are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 8-2 in Duffeys last 10 starts. The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 in Gees last 5 starts. The Twins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Kansas City.

Not a fan of either pitcher, but it's hard to bet against the Royals right now with the way they're playing. Kansas City is making one last push to get back in the playoff race and are playing well. Give me the home team and cheap price.

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Kansas City Royals -110

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