Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/20/14
Minnesota Twins (8-8) at Kansas City Royals (8-7)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Philip Hughes (R) (0-1) (7.200) vs. Yordano Ventura (R) (1-0) (0.692)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -200 / Minnesota Twins +185 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, FSN-KC
The Kansas City Royals will look to sweep the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon.
The Twins came into the series winning five of their last six games, but have struggled to find their offense in Kansas City. The Twins have scored a combined four runs in the first two games and struck out 12 times in Saturday’s loss. Joe Mauer, however, does have 10 hits in his last eight games. Taking the mound on Sunday for the Twins will be Phil Hughes, who is 0-1 on the season with a 7.20 ERA and has 15 strikeouts and allowed 20 hits in 15 innings of work. Hughes is 5-2 with a 5.95 ERA in eight careers starts against the Royals.
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The Royals have caught fire lately winning five straight games and improving to 9-7 on the season. A lot of the Royals success is thanks to a pitching staff that has allowed four or less runs in six straight games. One of the Royals pitchers who has been terrific is Yordano Ventura, who is 1-0 on the season with a 0.69 ERA. Ventura has allowed one run and six hits in 13 innings of work, while striking out 13 batters. With Ventura only pitching in five games in his young career, this will be his first time facing the Twins.
The Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 2-8 in their last 10 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Royals are 39-18 in their last 57 games as a favorite and 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite. The Twins are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.
There’s no value to taking the Royals in this game, which is why I’m backing the over. Hughes is giving up hits left and right to begin the season, while it’s only a matter of time before Ventura has a shaky performance that comes with a run or two.
Take the over in this matchup.