Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/16/14
Kansas City Royals (67-54) at Minnesota Twins (54-66)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)
Yordano Ventura (R) (8-8) (3.495) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (12-7) (3.759)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +110 / Kansas City Royals -120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, FSN-N
The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins meet Saturday night at Target Field.
The Kansas City Royals have won 11 of their last 12 games and are 13 games above .500. The Royals are getting the job done at both ends of the field, especially offensively, producing four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Royals have won 13 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Alex Gordon has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Billy Butler has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.55, which is 10th in the majors. Yordano Ventura takes the mound, and he’s 9-8 with a 3.45 ERA and has 115 in 133 innings. Ventura is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two career starts against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins have lost six of their last nine games and are 12 games below .500. The Twins pitching staff continues to be brutal, allowing four or more runs in eight of their last 14 games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.35, which is 26th in the majors, and the’ve lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Kurt Suzuki has 11 hits in his last 10 games and Joe Mauer has a 16-game hitting streak. Starting is Phil Hughes, who is 12-8 with a 3.88 ERA and has 134 strikeouts in 150.2 innings. Hughes is 6-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 11 career games against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-1 in Ventura's last 5 road starts and 4-0 in Ventura's last 4 starts overall. The Twins are 11-5 in Hughes' last 16 starts as an underdog and 1-4 in Hughes' last 5 starts during game 2 of a series.
The Minnesota Twins and Hughes' have been money all season as underdogs. While the Royals have been on fire in the month of August, I'll take a shot with the Twins at home.