Royals vs. Twins - 8/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (49-72) at Kansas City Royals (61-60)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Jose Berrios (2-3) (9.32) vs. E Volquez (9-10) (5.01)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -135 / Minnesota Twins +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals play game two of their series Friday night.
The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Twins have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and seven or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.89 and have lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 120 hits, Joe Mauer has 44 RBI and Miguel Sano has 20 home runs. Jose Berrios gets the nod, and he’s 2-3 with a 9.32 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Berrios’ first career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Royals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals offense has caught fire recently, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 126 hits, Eric Hosmer has 70 RBI and Salvador Perez has 16 home runs. Edinson Volquez takes the hill, and he’s 9-10 with a 4.95 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 5-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 5-16 in their last 21 Friday games and 1-4 in Berrios' last 5 starts. The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Volquezs last 5 starts. The Royals are 6-0 in Volquezs last 6 starts vs. Twins.
The Royals are quietly making a dent in the wild card race and have to stay hot in order to have a real shot. Meanwhile, the Twins pitching staff continues to get pounded. Hard to fade one of the hotter teams in the league and the fair price.