Minnesota Twins (10-3) at Kansas City Royals (4-10)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8:05 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
() () vs. Jakob Junis (0-0) (4.15)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +157 / Minnesota Twins -170 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals meet Friday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Minnesota Twins look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Twins have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Twins are 10-2 this season when scoring at least one run. Nelson Cruz leads the Twins with 19 hits and 15 RBI while Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler have combined for 26 hits and 15 RBI. Devin Smeltzer gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 11.57 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Smeltzer is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Royals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Royals are 3-3 this season when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 17 hits and 11 RBI while Salvador Perez and Maikel Franco have combined for 31 hits and 17 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Junis is 0-1 with a 4.28 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 42-15 in their last 57 games as a favorite, 20-8 in their last 28 Friday games and 40-18 in their last 58 during game 1 of a series. The Royals are 17-35 in their last 52 Friday games, 17-43 in their last 60 games as an underdog and 23-49 in their last 72 overall. The under is 8-2 in Twins last 10 overall. The under is 5-2 in Royals last 7 home games. The Twins are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Kansas City and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
I'm not exactly thrilled about this pitching matchup, but one thing we do know is that the Twins continue to tear the cover off the ball while the Royals have only six games this season where they've scored four or more runs. The Kansas City Royals aren't getting much easy offense these days, and they're 17th in runs per game while the Twins are seventh.
I'll back the road team because of the offense, and I'll take the RL to shave down an expensive ML price.