Twins vs. Royals - 4/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (7-0) at Minnesota Twins (1-6)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)
J Vargas (1-0) (3.00) vs. T Milone (1-0) (0.00)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +103 / Kansas City Royals -113 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins play a rubber game Thursday afternoon.
The Kansas City Royals look to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season on Wednesday. The Royals bats were quiet for the first time in a 3-1 loss, as they’ve scored at least four runs in seven of their eight games. The Royals pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in five of their last six games. Alcides Escobar is one of five Kansas City players with double-digit hits, while Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain have combined for 17 RBI. The Kansas City Royals haven’t lost a regular season series since September 19-21 against the Detroit Tigers. Jason Vargas gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Varags is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins could use a second straight win for the first time this season. The Twins are 2-0 this season when their pitching staff allows three or less runs, which obviously doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the Twins have allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games dating back to last season. Offensively, Joe Mauer leads Minnesota with eight hits, while Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe have two of the team’s three home runs. The Minnesota Twins need all the help they can get if this season is going to be remotely positive. Tommy Milone takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Milone is 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 20-8 in their last 28 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Vargas' last 5 starts as a favorite. The Twins are 15-36 in their last 51 games as an underdog and 1-7 in their last 8 vs. American League Central.
The Twins are the worst team in the league and don't have many games like they had Tuesday. Give me KC here, as more of a fade from Minny.