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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Friday August 2, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
Minnesota Twins -235 / Kansas City Royals +216 O/U: 11
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The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins will meet up on the MLB diamond to begin their series Friday.

The Royals are coming out of a series against the Blue Jays this week. In that one, the Royals were swept, falling 7-3 Monday, 9-2 Tuesday and 4-1 Wednesday.

For the Friday game, Kansas City will roll with Glenn Sparkman in the start. Sparkman has 84.0 innings, a 3-7 record, a 5.25 ERA with 47 Ks and 21 BBs this year.

Over on the Twins’ side, they played the Marlins this week. Minnesota work the first two games of that set 2-1 and 7-4, but fell on Thursday 5-4 in a tough one.

For the Friday matchup, the Twins will be going with Martin Perez as the starter. Across his 111.0 innings and 8-4 record this year, Perez has a 4.38 ERA with 97 Ks and 46 BBs.

The Royals are 7-3 in the last 10 after an off day and 32-73 in the last 105 road games. KC is 4-10 in their last 14 Friday games and 1-6 in their last seven overall.

Meanwhile, the Twins are 5-1 in their last six overall and 10-2 in their last 12 Friday games. Minnesota is 4-0 in Perez’s last four Friday starts and 1-4 in his last five versus the AL Central.

Sparkman has put up 12 earned across his last two starts in a span of 10.2 innings. That comes after his complete-game shutout, giving up just five hits for the entire game to the White Sox on July 16.

As for Perez, he’s been pretty spotty; okay but not great. The line here is really thick, and though I do believe Sparkman will do fine but the Twins will probably win, it’s not crazy to take KC on a value pick.

Kansas City Royals +216

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