Royals vs. Twins - 8/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (49-72) at Kansas City Royals (61-60)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
H Santiago (10-7) (4.80) vs. I Kennedy (7-9) (3.78)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -138 / Minnesota Twins +128 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals play game three of their series Saturday night.
The Minnesota Twins look to play spoiler at this point in the season. The Twins have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Minnesota Twins offense has picked up in the second half, and they’ve won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 120 hits, Joe Mauer has 44 RBI and Miguel Sano has 20 home runs. Hector Santiago gets the ball, and he’s 10-7 with a 4.80 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Santiago is 2-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals need another victory in order to stay in the wild card race. The Royals have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Kansas City Royals offense has woken up recently, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 126 hits, Eric Hosmer has 70 RBI and Salvador Perez has 16 home runs. Ian Kennedy takes the hill, and he’s 7-9 with a 3.78 ERA and 139 strikeouts this season. Kennedy is 2-1 with a 3.70 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League Central. The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 2-7 in Kennedys last 9 starts. The Twins are 22-49 in the last 71 meetings.
The Royals are starting to look more like the Royals and have to keep winning in order to have any chance of sneaking in the playoff race. The Twins pitching staff also continues to get rocked. I'm siding with the home team and reasonable price.