Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (70-66) at Kansas City Royals (82-54)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
T Milone (7-4) (3.60) vs. Y Ventura (10-7) (4.24)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -177 / Minnesota Twins +167 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kanas City, FS-North
The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins face off on Monday at Kauffman Stadium for game one of their MLB series of the top two teams in the American League Central.
The Kansas City Royals are running away with the AL Central but they have lost their last three games. The Royals are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 42-26 at home, and the have a 12 game lead on the Twins. As a team the Royals are hitting .272 with Lorenzo Cain hitting .312, Eric Hosmer hitting .310, and Kendrys Morales hitting .292. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.68 with the starters at 4.37 and the bullpen at 2.48. For game one against the Twins the Royals start Yordano Ventura who has allowed 118 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 118 over 127.1 innings for a 10-7 record and a 4.24 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins are still very much alive in the American League Wildcard race but they are running out of games to make their move. The Twins are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 28-40 on the road, and they are 1.5 games behind the Rangers for the final AL Wildcard spot. The As a team the Twins are hitting .248 with Joe Mauer hitting .267, Trevor Plouffe hitting .242, and Brian Dozier hitting .242. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.20 with the starters at 4.23 and the bullpen at 4.14. For game one against the Royals the Twins start Tommy Milone who has allowed 100 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 75 over 105 innings for a 7-4 record and a 3.60 ERA.
Kansas City is 24-11 in their last 35 home games, 2-6 in their last eight games against the AL Central, and 5-0 in Ventura’s last five starts. Minnesota is 4-1 in their last five games against the AL Central, 7-3 in their last 10 road games, and 1-5 in Milone’s last six road starts. Minnesota is 8-18 in their last 26 games in Kansas City.
I like the way the Twins are playing but Ventura at home has just been too much and I have to take the Royals here.