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Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 6/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
Date & Time Thursday June 20, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line
Kansas City Royals +160 / Minnesota Twins -170 O/U: 9.5
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The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals will match up in MLB action on Thursday to kick off their series.

The Twins are coming off an intense set against the Red Sox. Minnesota lost 2-0 Monday, then prevailed 4-3 in 17 innings Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Twins lost 9-4.

For the Thursday game, the Twins will send out Jake Odorizzi in the start. Over his 76.1 innings and 10-2 mark this year, Odorizzi has a 2.24 ERA with 85 Ks and 24 BBs.

Over on the Royals’ side, they just finished versus the Mariners. KC won the first pair of that set 6-4 and 9-0, then on Wednesday the Royals lost 8-2.

For the Thursday game, Kansas City will send out Glenn Sparkman in the start. Sparkman is 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 24 Ks this year so far.

The Twins are 5-1 in their last six Thursday games and 17-8 in their last 25 in game one of a series. Minnesota is 5-0 in Odorizzi’s last five road starts and 14-3 in his last 17 starts.

Meanwhile, the Royals are 17-41 in their last 58 versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15 and 12-50 in their last 62 versus a team with a winning percentage above .600. The over is 3-1-2 in the Royals’ last six versus a team with a winning percentage above .600 as well.

Odorizzi has done pretty well over his last three starts. he had consecutive quality outings on the road in Tampa and Detroit—one earned in 12.0 innings combined—then gave up four in 6.0 innings against the Royals his last time up. The key stat here is that he just keeps winning games (four in a row right now).

I like the Odorizzi train to keep rolling along so I’m going Twins here.

Minnesota Twins -170

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