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Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (56-100) at Kansas City Royals (79-77)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

E Santana (7-11) (3.42) vs. J Vargas (0-0) (3.86)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -123 / Minnesota Twins +113 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals will pick their MLB series up again at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday. 

 In Tuesday’s game, the Royals eked out a walk-off, 11-inning win 4-3. 

Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Taking the mound for the Twins on Wednesday will be RHP Ervin Santana. In his 29 games and 7-11 record, Santana owns a 3.37 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP in 176.1 innings. Santana put up a loss his last time out against Detroit, going six innings with five hits and four earned. 

It’s pretty easy to find the big hitters in the Twins’ order. Brian Dozier has bagged 164 hits with 101 runs, 42 homers and 99 RBI. Joe Mauer sits on 129 hits with 68 runs and 49 RBI. Eduardo Nunez holds 110 hits with 49 runs and 47 RBI. 

Over on the Royals’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty Jason Vargas in the start Wednesday. In two starts and a 0-0 record this year, Vargas owns a 3.86 ERA with a 0.86 WHIP in seven innings. Vargas put up four innings in Cleveland his last time out with two hits and two runs. 

Kansas City has some notable swingers in their order as well. Alcides Escobar has hit 164 times with 57 runs and 53 RBI. Eric Hosmer holds 158 hits with 79 runs, 24 homers and 100 RBI. Kendrys Morales has hit 143 times with 64 runs, 30 homers and 92 RBI.

The Twins are 10-24 in their last 34 games against a left-handed starter, and 3-8 in their last 11 during game two of a series. Minnesota is also 8-22 in Santana’s last 30 starts, and 0-4 in Santana’s last four road starts. 

Meanwhile, the Royals are 5-2 in their last seven game twos of a series, and 0-5 in their last five Wednesday games. Kansas City is also 4-0 in Vargas’ last four home starts versus a team with a losing record, and 5-0 in Vargas’ last five starts versus a team with a losing record. 

In the pitching matchup here, I like Vargas, and I don’t expect much out of Santana. I’ll take the Royals for the win in this one.

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