Twins vs. Royals - 4/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (7-0) at Minnesota Twins (1-6)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
E Volquez (1-0) (1.12) vs. K Gibson (0-1) (14.71)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +113 / Kansas City Royals -123 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, FSN-N
The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins play game two of their series Wednesday night.
The Kansas City Royals look for yet another win, as they’re the only undefeated team left in the league. The Royals are getting it done at both ends, especially with their pitching staff that’s allowed three or less runs in five of their first seven games. Offensively, Kendrys Morales and Salvador Perez have combined for 24 hits, while Lorenzo Cain and Alex Rios each have RBI apiece. The Kansas City Royals have clearly gained confidence from their World Series trip last season and currently look like the team to beat in the American League. Edinson Volquez gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Volquez’s second career game against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins look to break out of their funk after starting the season 1-6. The Twins pitching staff continues to blow chunks, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in six of their first seven games. Lousy pitching was a problem for the Minnesota Twins last season, and it’s obviously still an issue that will hurt their success once again. Offensively, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer have combined for 14 hits, while Trevor Plouffe has three hits and four walks. The Twins must get something going before it’s too late. Kyle Gibson takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 14.73 ERA and zero strikeouts this season. Gibson is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 20-6 in their last 26 games following an off day and 43-20 in their last 63 road games. The Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 2-7 in Gibsons last 9 starts. The Royals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota.
It's hard to pick against the Royals with the way they're playing at the moment. It's even tougher when the Twins have Gibson on the mound, a pitcher who was rocked in his last outing. Take the Royals given the value and as more of a fade from Minnesota.