Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/26/14
Minnesota Twins (58-72) at Kansas City Royals (72-58)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Ricky Nolasco (R) (5-9) (5.957) vs. Danny Duffy (L) (7-10) (2.557)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -172 / Minnesota Twins +162 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS1, FSN-KC
The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
The Minnesota Twins have lost six of their last 10 games and are 14 games below a .500 record. Of course, the Twins pitching staff has been brutal, allowing four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA 4.47, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Trevor Plouffe has 12 hits in his last nine games and Brian Dozier has an RBI in four straight games. Ricky Nolasco takes the mound, and he’s 5-9 with a 5.96 ERA and has 81 strikeouts in 116.1 innings. Nolasco is 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA in four career starts against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals have lost three of their last five games and 14 games above a .500 record. Despite scoring just two runs in their last two games, the Royals have produced four or more runs in seven of thier last 11 games. The Royals have won 18 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Alex Gordon has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Billy Butler has homered twice in his last four games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.55, which is 10th in the majors. Starting is Danny Duffy, who is 8-11 with a 2.53 ERA and has 98 strikeouts in 128 innings. Duffy is 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA in eight career games against the Twins.
The Twins are 1-5 in Nolascos last 6 road starts and 1-4 in Nolascos last 5 starts overall. The Royals are 10-4 in Duffys last 14 home starts and 5-1 in Duffys last 6 starts overall. The Twins are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Kansas City.
The Twins are brtual when playing in Kansas City and the Royals have been red hot all month. I don't love the juice, but it may be worth it in this spot.