Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/29/14
Minnesota Twins (47-57) at Kansas City Royals (53-51)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Anthony Swarzak (R) (1-0) (1.800) vs. James Shields (R) (9-5) (3.579)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -175 / Minnesota Twins +165 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Noth, FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins face off on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in game one of their series.
The Kansas City Royals are chasing the Tigers and a Wildcard spot as they look to catch fire over the final 58 games of the season. The Royals are 25-26 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Sunday. As a team the Royals are hitting .263 with Salvador Perez hitting .281, Alcides Escobar hitting .276, and Alex Gordon and Billy Butler each hitting .273. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.73 with the starters at 3.88 and the bullpen at 3.41. For game one against the Twins the Royals start James Shields who has no decisions in his last two starts. For the season Shields has allowed 153 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 120 over 143.1 innings for a 9-5 record and a 3.58 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins are in last place in the AL Central as this season has turned into a struggle. The Twins are 24-29 at home, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win in their last game. As a team the Twins are hitting .244 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .309, Joe Mauer hitting .271, and Trevor Plouffe hitting .243. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.34 with the starters at 5.03 and the bullpen hitting 3.14. For game one against the Royals the Twins start Kyle Gibson who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Gibson has allowed 107 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 54 over 107.1 innings for an 8-8 record and a 4.19 ERA.
Kansas City is 5-1 in their last six games, 4-1 in their last five home games, and 0-4 in Shields’ last four starts as a favorite. Minnesota is 5-1 in their last six road games, 2-5 as an underdog, and 1-4 following a win. Minnesota is 10-22 in their last 32 games against Kansas City.
The Royals should cruise in this one as they are the better team with the better starting pitcher.
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