Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (72-67) at Kansas City Royals (69-69)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
E Santana (14-7) (3.35) vs. I Kennedy (4-10) (5.37)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +110 / Minnesota Twins -133 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, FS-Kansas City
The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals hook up for game two of their four game AL Central division set from Kauffman Stadium on Friday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to build on their series opening 4-2 win over KC on Thursday. Jorge Polanco led the charge, going 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, while Robbie Grossman went 1 for 3 with a solo homer and Brian Dozier added an RBI despite going 0 for 4 to round out the scoring for the Twins in the win. Joe Mauer went 3 for 3 with a double and Jason Castro went 2 for 4 at the dish while Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler added base hits of their own in the winning effort for Minny. Kyle Gibson gave up both runs on eight hits over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Trevor Hildenberger got the win to improve to 3-2 this season, while Matt Belisle closed things down in the 9th for his 6th save of the season. Ervin Santana will start game two and is 14-7 with a 3.35 ERA and 148 strikeouts this season. In his career, Santana is 6-10 with a 4.63 ERA and 117 strikeouts against Kansas City.
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The Kansas City Royals will be looking to even up the series at one win apiece after dropping the opener on Thursday. Whit Merrifield and Alex Gordon each had a pair of base hits with an RBI to account for the pair of Royals’ runs in the loss. Alcides Escobar added a double and Eric Hosmer went 2 for 3 at the dish while Lorenzo Cain and Melky Cabrera each contributed a base hit in the losing effort. Sam Gaviglio went five innings, giving up just one run on four hits while walking and striking out three apiece. Kelvin Herrera gave up three runs to notch his 4th blown save of the year while taking the loss to fall to 3-3 this season. Ian Kennedy will start game two and is 4-10 with a 5.37 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kennedy is 4-3 with a 4.30 ERA and 49 strikeouts against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 9-4 in Santana’s last 13 road starts and 1-4 in their last 5 road games against a right-handed starter while the under is 11-4-1 in Santana’s last 16 division starts. Kansas City is 5-1 in Kennedy’s last 6 division starts and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Minnesota is 1-9 in Santana’s last 10 starts against Kansas City and 0-5 in his last 5 road starts against the Royals.
Minnesota hasn’t had much success with Santana on the mound at Kauffman Stadium. But sometimes you just need to put your big boy pants on and get the job done no matter where you are. Santana has pitched well on the road lately, while Kennedy hasn’t gotten a win in his last seven starts. I think Minnesota has more to play for in terms of fighting teams off that are chasing them down, so I’ll take the Twins for the win in game two on Friday.