Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals, Saturday, Baseball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Tips, Picks and Predictions

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11-11 April 29, 7:15 PM | Grass of Kauffman Stadium 7-15
Minnesota at Kansas City, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:15 PM ET, Saturday, April 29, 2017
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), FSN Kansas City
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Phil Hughes (3-1, 4.71 ERA) vs. Royals RH Jason Hammel (0-2, 5.30)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Minnesota Twins [P. Hughes -R] +1½ -190 +111 Ov 8½ +100
Kansas City Royals [J. Hammel -R] -1½ +165 -121 Un 8½ -120
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The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Royals Stadium.

The Twins will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Phil Hughes in this game. Hughes has a 3-1 record and a 4.71 ERA this season.

The Royals will counter Hughes with Jason Hammel. Right hander Hammel has a 5.30 ERA to go along with a 0-2 record this season.

Hughes allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of a 3-2 victory at Texas on Monday and also has defeated Detroit and the Chicago White Sox on the road this season. The 30-year-old Californian, who is 10-21 with a 5.53 ERA in 42 April starts, has recorded only 13 strikeouts in 21 innings this season. Hughes is 7-5 with a 4.91 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) versus Kansas City, including 4-3, 5.49 in seven turns at Kauffman Stadium.

Hammel yielded three runs, four hits and three walks in three innings of a 5-2 loss at Texas on Sunday after his only quality start of the season versus San Francisco on April 18, when he settled for a no-decision after permitting one run in six frames of a 2-1 loss. It is an uncharacteristically slow start for the 34-year-old South Carolina native, who is 21-12 with a 3.87 ERA in 48 April appearances (45 starts). Hammel is 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in eight games (seven starts) versus Minnesota.

Oddsmakers currently have the Royals listed as 121-moneyline favorites versus the Twins, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

Minnesota‘s Joe Mauer is a bona fide thorn in the side of the Royals and he’ll try to inflict more damage when the Twins visit Kansas City on Saturday for the middle contest of their three-game series. Mauer’s tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning gave Minnesota a 6-4 victory on Friday, giving him a .318 average with 39 doubles and 114 RBIs in 194 games versus the Royals, who have lost eight in a row.

The Twins (11-11), who were 7-15 after 22 games last season, have won five straight against Kansas City – their longest winning streak versus the Royals since 2011. The red-hot Miguel Sano is 8-for-12 with two home runs and six RBIs in his last three games after belting a two-run shot and preceeding Mauer’s hit with a two-run double of his own. Kansas City, which was swept in a three-game series by Minnesota to start the season and outscored 21-5 in the process, is last in the majors with 58 runs and also has the worst average with runners in scoring position at .159. The Twins’ Phil Hughes is 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three road starts this season and opposes Jason Hammel, who still is looking for his first victory in a Royals uniform.

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Team record: 11-11 SU
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota’s last 10 games on the road

Kansas City:
Team record: 7-15 SU
Current Streak: lost 8 straight games.
Kansas City is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City’s last 14 games

Next up:
Minnesota at Kansas City Sunday, April 30


1. Twins LF Eddie Rosario owns a 10-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .368 after going 2-for-4 with a run scored in the series opener.

2. Royals 1B Eric Hosmer is 5-for-12 in his last three games, raising his average to .224, and recorded his first RBI in 11 games on Friday.

3. Mauer ranks sixth all-time in batting average against the Royals (minimum 500 at-bats), trailing Rod Carew (.345), Ivan Rodriguez (.337), Wade Boggs (.332), Alex Rodriguez (.329) and Derek Jeter (.322).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Minnesota Twins will win outright at +111 and the game will stay under 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Twins 3, Royals 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.27 RUNS 2.64
4.18 RUNS AGNST 4.23
0.09 DIFF -1.59
-$23 MONEY -$850
3.88 TEAM ERA 4.07
7.82 OFF HITS 6.77
4.45 OFF WALKS 2.59
7.68 OFF Ks 8.09
7.77 DEF HITS 7.95
3.14 DEF WALKS 3.82
6.73 DEF Ks 7.50
Buddy Boshers P 15-Day Disabled List
Phil Hughes P 60-day Disabled List
Glen Perkins P 15-Day Disabled List
Trevor May P 15-Day Disabled List
Tommy Milone P 15-Day Disabled List
Danny Santana OF 15-Day Disabled List
Wade Davis P 15-Day Disabled List
Luke Hochevar P 15-Day Disabled List
Tim Collins P 60-Day Disabled List
Kris Medlen P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Minor P 60-Day Disabled List
Mike Moustakas 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Jason Vargas P 60-Day Disabled List
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota’s last 10 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Minnesota is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Minnesota’s last 13 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Minnesota is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City’s last 14 games
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 7 games at home
Kansas City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Kansas City is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kansas City’s last 13 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Kansas City is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas City’s Overall Defense 4.3 9 4.2 8
Minnesota’s Away Scoring vs Kansas City’s Home Defense 4.4 5 2.4 1
Minnesota’s Road ERA vs Kansas City’s Home ERA Allowed 4.1 7 2.8 14
Kansas City’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 2.6 15 4.2 7
Kansas City’s Home Scoring vs Minnesota’s Road Defense 2.7 15 4.1 6
Kansas City’s Home ERA vs Minnesota’s Road ERA Allowed 2.3 1 4.0 6
Twins are the third lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Twins are second worst in K’s per game with 8.8.
Twins have the second weakest defence in the league at 4.9 runs per game.
Twins have the worst hits allowed in the league, allowing 9.8 per game.
Twins are the third best in base on balls allowed, allowing 2.8 per game.
Twins trail the league in K’s with 6.1 per game.
Royals have the third-lowest base on balls in the league at 2.6 per game.
Royals strike out less than any team in the league with 6.5 per game.
Royals are the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 3.7 runs per game.

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