Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (42-38) at Kansas City Royals (45-32)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
M Pelfrey (5-5) (3.81) vs. J Blanton (2-1) (3.14)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -159 / Minnesota Twins +149 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins face off on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium in game two on their MLB series of American League Central teams.
The Kansas City Royals rallied late on Friday to get the game into extra inning before winning it in the 10th. Lorenzo Cain had three hits and Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios each had two hits as the Royals scored three runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie allowed five hits and two runs while striking out four over 7.1 innings to not get the decision as Wade Davis got the win. For Saturday’s game the Royals start Joe Blanton who has allowed 26 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 26 over 28.2 innings for a 2-1 record and a 3.14 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins played hard and looked to be on their way to a win on Friday but in the end they came up short falling to the Royals. Miguel Sano had two hits and Torii Hunter and Eddie Rosario each had hits as the Twins scored two runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Tommy Milone allowed five hits and a run while striking out five over 6.0 innings to not factor in the decision as Aaron Thompson took the loss to fall to 1-3 for the season. For Saturday’s game the Twins start Mike Pelfrey who has allowed 97 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 42 over 87.1 innings for a 5-5 record and a 3.81 ERA.
Kansas City is 10-2 as a favorite, 5-2 in game two of a series, and 1-4 in their last five games. Minnesota is 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games, 4-12 against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in Pelfrey’s last five road starts. Minnesota is 7-17 in their last 24 games with Kansas City.
Blanton looked every bit of his age in his last start after looking strong but Pelfrey hasn’t been good either so I give the slight edge to the Royals but I like the over as well.