Royals vs. Twins - 4/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (4-7) at Kansas City Royals (8-3)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
K Gibson (1-1) (6.09) vs. E Volquez (1-1) (2.30)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -162 / Minnesota Twins +152 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series Monday night.
The Minnesota Twins look to stay hot with wins in four of their last five games. The Twins are getting the job done with a pitching staff that’s allowed four or less runs in four of their last five games. The Twins began the season allowing four or more runs in six of their first seven games. Offensively, Joe Mauer leads Minnesota with 12 hits and four RBI, while Torii Hunter and Kurt Suzuki have combined for 10 RBI. The Minnesota Twins will now be tested on the road where they’re just 1-5 on the season. Kyle Gibson gets the nod, and he’s 1-1 with a 6.10 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Gibson is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look to bounce back after splitting their last six games. The Royals continue to play well on both ends of the field, as they’ve scored 10 runs in their last three games and they’re pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. Lorenzo Cain leads Kansas City with 19 hits and 12 RBI while Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer have combined for 20 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have just three losses and two of them have come at the hands of the Twins. Edinson Volquez takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 19-41 in their last 60 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in Gibsons last 4 road starts. The Royals are 20-7 in their last 27 during game 1 of a series and 10-4 in their last 14 vs. American League Central. The Twins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Kansas City and 4-0 in Gibsons last 4 starts vs. Royals.
Sure, the Royals are head and shoulders the better team here, but the Twins just took two of three from them and Gibson is 4-0 in his career against KC. I'll gladly take the Twins for 1.5 times my money.