Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Sunday June 23, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Royals +155 / Minnesota Twins -175
FS-North, FS-Kansas City
The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals meet in the finale of their four game AL Central division set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to win the set after taking a 2-1 series lead on Saturday with a 5-3 victory in 10 innings over the Royals. C.J. Cron had a home run and two RBIs while going 3 for 5 at the dish while Miguel Sano and Jake Cave each had a solo blast with Cave going 2 for 3 at the dish. Eddie Rosario added a double and an RBI to finish off Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the win while Jorge Polanco and Luis Arraez added base hits as well in the victory. Jose Berrios allowed two runs on five hits while walking and striking out three apiece, not factoring in the decision after seven innings of work. Trevor May got the win to improve to 2-1 on the year while Blake Parker finished off the final inning for his 10th save of the season. Michael Pineda will start the finale and is 4-3 with a 4.76 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pineda is 5-5 with a 3.84 ERA and 57 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to salvage a series split after dropping game three on Saturday. Hunter Dozier had two RBIs while Alex Gordon added a double and an RBI to round out the Royals’ scoring as a team in the losing effort. Nicky Lopez had two hits while Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert each had a double. Humberto Arteaga added a base knock of his own to finish off KC’s offense as a team in the defeat. Danny Duffy allowed three runs on six hits while striking out four over eight innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Wily Peralta took the loss in extras, falling to 2-3 on the year. Homer Bailey will start the finale and is 6-6 with a 4.82 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bailey is 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 5-1 in Pineda’s last 6 starts and 36-17 in their last 51 games overall while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 game four matchups. Kansas City is 4-1 in Bailey’s last 5 division starts and 7-23 in their last 30 Sunday games while the over is 5-2 in Bailey’s last 7 starts overall. Minnesota is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
This is a hard pitching matchup to call, as Bailey has thrown back-to-back shutouts for the Royals spanning 13.2 innings, while Pineda has allowed just one run in back-to-back starts. The difference for me though, is that the Twins have the better supporting cast and have done a good job winning the games that they’ve supposed to this season. Kansas City battles, but the Royals keep finding ways to lose baseball games and the fact is that you’ve made more than you’ve lost if you have just blindly faded the Royals this season. I’ll lay the juice with Minnesota on the road here as I just trust the Twins a lot more than I do the Royals.