2019-09-21 18:10:00 EDT
The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins will meet up on the MLB diamond to continue their series on Saturday.
In the Thursday opener, the Twins banged out an 8-5 win. On Friday, Minnesota scored two runs in the sixth and were able to hold on from two runs by KC in the eighth on the way to a 4-3 Twins victory.
For the Saturday game, the Royals will send out Glenn Sparkman in the start. Over his 127.0 innings and 4-11 record, Sparkman has a 6.02 ERA with 73 Ks and 38 BBs.
Over on the Twins’ side, they’re going with Jose Berrios in the start Saturday. Across 188.1 innings and a 13-8 mark, Berrios has a 3.58 ERA with 181 Ks and 48 BBs.
The Royals are 3-9 in Sparkman’s last 12 road starts and 2-9 in his last 11 starts. Kansas City is 0-4 in Sparkman’s last four Saturday starts and 0-7 in his last seven in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 22-5 in their last 27 Saturday games and 0-4 in their last four in game three of a series. Minnesota is 5-1 in Berrios’ last six Saturday starts and 2-6 in his last eight home starts.
Sparkman has been okay but not great over his last two starts, putting up a combined seven earned runs over 9.1 innings on 10 hits. He’s 1-0 in that time.
As for Berrios, he’s got consecutive quality starts, giving up two earned in 14.1 innings—both were wins. Even with the massive line here, I’m siding with the Twins. It’s really too thick to do much of anything with in reality, however.