Minnesota Twins (73-76) vs. Kansas City Royals (60-89)
September 22, 2022 2:10 pm EDT
The Line: Kansas City Royals +116 / Minnesota Twins -136; Over/Under: +7.5
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The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals meet Thursday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium. The Minnesota Twins need a win after losing 6 of their last 7 games. The Kansas City Royals look for a win after splitting their last 6 games.
The Minnesota Twins have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 10 games. The Twins have lost 5 of their last 7 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Luis Arraez leads the Twins with 160 hits and 48 RBI, while Carlos Correa and Gio Urshela have combined for 260 hits and 118 RBI. Josh Winder gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.17 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This will be Winder’s first career game against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals have scored 13 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 10 games. The Royals have won 4 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 136 hits and 76 RBI, while Salvador Perez and Hunter Dozier have combined for 205 hits and 110 RBI. Jonathan Heasley gets the ball, and he is 3-8 with a 5.09 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. This will be Heasley’s second career game against the Twins.
The Twins are 3-9 in their last 12 Thursday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Royals are 2-5 in their last 7 games on grass and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Twins last 8 overall. The over is 12-5-1 in Royals last 18 home games. The Twins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Kansas City and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Jonathan Heasley hasn’t been good this season, and he’s actually worse at home, where he has a 6.43 ERA and .290 allowed batting average. The Minnesota Twins should be favored. However, as I’ve said the last two games, laying juice with the Twins in their current form doesn’t make sense. How many times are we going to keep backing the Twins in these spots for them just to throw up on themselves? The Twins look nothing like a team fighting for a playoff spot. As we’ve done all week, give me the Royals and the plus money.