Kansas City Royals (46-94) at Minnesota Twins (64-76)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 8, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Twins -215 / Kansas City Royals +199 --- Over/Under: 9
The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins meet Saturday in MLB action at Target Field.
The Kansas City Royals look for a victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Royals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 163 hits and 51 RBI while Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon have combined for 206 hits and 107 RBI. Jorge Lopez gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career game against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Twins have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 156 hits and 75 RBI while Joe Mauer and Max Kepler have combined for 218 hits and 82 RBI. Jose Berrios gets the ball, and he is 11-10 with a 3.92 ERA and 171 strikeouts this season. Berrios is 2-1 with a 4.99 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 15-38 in their last 53 road games, 25-52 in their last 77 games on grass and 25-56 in their last 81 overall. The Twins are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series, 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games and 20-6 in Berrios' last 26 home starts. The Royals are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota, the Twins are 2-5 in Berrios' last 7 starts vs. Royals and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Lopez hasn't gotten comfortable in Kansas City since coming over from the Brewers, as he's given up 23 hits and 13 runs in 20.2 innings with the Royals. Berrios has had struggles of his own as of late, but he's been very sharp at home where he has an ERA of 3.26 and an allowed batting average of .208. This is a game the Twins win, so I'll back them at home and take the RL for added value.