Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Friday June 14, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins -190 / Kansas City Royals +178
The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins will meet up on the MLB circuit Friday to kick off their weekend set.
The Royals are coming off a series versus the Tigers. KC split the first two games of that set with 3-2 outcomes in each, then in the Thursday game, the Royals notched a 7-3 win.
For the Friday matchup, the Royals will be sending out Brad Keller for the start. Over his 86.0 innings and 3-8 mark so far, Keller has a 4.29 ERA with 58 Ks and 43 BBs.
Over on the Twins’ side, they just finished up against the Mariners. Minnesota won 6-5 on Tuesday and fell 9-6 on Wednesday. In the Thursday rubber match, the Twins won 10-5.
Minnesota will be going with Kyle Gibson on Friday. Gibson has 67.1 innings with a 6-3 record so far this year, alongside a 4.14 ERA, 71 Ks and 17 walks.
The Royals are 2-5 in their last seven Friday games and 1-5 in Keller’s last six road starts. KC is 1-8 in Keller’s last nine starts and 0-5 in his last five with five days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 5-0 in their last five Friday games and 16-7 in their last 23 in game one of a series. Minnesota is 4-1 in Gibson’s last five home starts and 11-4 in his last 15 starts.
Keller has been pretty reliable lately, with three quality starts over his last four outings. He’s also got five earned in 15.0 innings over his last two appearances, but the kicker is that he’s lost five of his last six starts.
As for Gibson, he coughed up five earned in 5.0 innings on eight hits his last time up, but overall has been decent.
With the Royals simply not winning with Keller on the mound (despite his best efforts), I have to go Twins here.