Minnesota Twins (67-79) at Kansas City Royals (50-96)
|Date & Time||Friday September 14, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals +141 / Minnesota Twins -151 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals meet Friday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Minnesota Twins look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Twins have scored 17 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring four or less runs. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 157 hits and 76 RBI while Joe Mauer and Max Kepler have combined for 228 hits and 93 RBI. Jose Berrios gets the ball, and he is 11-11 with a 3.83 ERA and 176 strikeouts this season. Berrios is 2-2 with a 4.53 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals could also use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Royals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Kansas City Royals have won four straight games when scoring more than two runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 170 hits and 54 RBI while Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon have combined for 214 hits and 112 RBI. Jorge Lopez gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 3.72 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s second career game against the Twins.
The Twins are 15-36 in their last 51 road games, 4-1 in Berrios' last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 7-19 in Berrios' last 26 road starts. The Royals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series, 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 4-11 in their last 15 Friday games. The Twins are 17-38 in the last 55 meetings in Kansas City, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and 0-4 in Berrios' last 4 road starts vs. Royals.
Berrios and the season he's had makes the Twins the favorites here, but he's been on the losing side in five of his last eight games due to a lack of run support. Lopez just flirted with a no hitter and has given up a combined six hits and two runs in his last 15 innings. Lopez has given up one run each in three of his last four starts. Getting plus money with the Royals in this spot doesn't seem like a bad bet.