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

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KANSAS CITY ROYALS MINNESOTA TWINS
17-24, 5th in American League Central May 20, 2:10 PM | Grass of Target Field 21-17, 1st in American League Central
Kansas City at Minnesota, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:10 PM ET, Saturday, May 20, 2017
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Kansas City, FSN North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Ian Kennedy (0-3, 3.03 ERA) vs. Twins LH Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 5.79)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Kansas City Royals [I KENNEDY -R] -1.5 +170 +112 Ov 9 +110
Minnesota Twins [A MEJIA -L] +1.5 -190 -122 Un 9 -130
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Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins meet at Target Field.

The Royals will trot Ian Kennedy out to the mound in this one. Right hander Kennedy has a 0-3 record and a 3.03 ERA this season.

The Twins will counter Kennedy with Adalberto Mejia. Left hander Mejia has a 5.78 ERA to go along with a 0-1 record this season.

Kennedy (hamstring) is expected to be activated off the disabled list in time to make his first start since a May 4 loss to the Chicago White Sox in which he surrendered five runs (four earned) across 4 1/3 innings. The outing was the worst of the six this season from the 32-year-old, who posted a 2.30 ERA in his five April turns. Dozier (4-for-20, two homers) and Joe Mauer (3-for-19, one home run) have each struggled against Kennedy, who is 4-2 with a 3.74 ERA in nine starts versus the Twins.

Mejia is slated to return to the big-league mound for the first time since April 22 on only three days rest after allowing a hit over three scoreless innings for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The 23-year-old rookie struggled in his final turn before his demotion against Detroit, giving up three runs on five hits – including a pair of homers – and three walks despite fanning six over 2 2/3 innings. Mejia’s one and only appearance last season came against the Royals, who tagged him for two runs in 2 1/3 frames.

Oddsmakers currently have the Royals listed as 122-moneyline favorites versus the Twins, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

The Kansas City Royals are a big reason why the Minnesota Twins find themselves atop the American League Central in 2017, and the Twins’ most recent victory in this rivalry may be just the lift they need to catch some fire at home. Following a dramatic comeback win in Friday’s opener, Minnesota eyes an eighth straight victory against Kansas City one day later when the teams continue their three-game set at Target Field.

The Twins improved to 6-0 against the Royals this season courtesy of Friday’s 4-3, 10-inning triumph, as pinch hitter Kennys Vargas belted a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jorge Polanco ended it with a sacrifice fly in the 10th. Minnesota improved to 10-12 at home as a result and tied a club record for its longest winning streak against the Royals and further distance itself from the team against whom it went 4-15 a season ago. The Twins’ 10th comeback victory of the season overshadowed one of the best performances in Jorge Bonifacio’s career, as the rookie outfielder hit a two-run homer, had an outfield assist and made a jumping catch at the wall to rob Brian Dozier of an extra-base hit. The loss dropped the Royals to 3-13 against division rivals.

The Twins were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Kansas City lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Twins on May 19. Bettors who backed the Twins at -110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Kansas City:
Team record: 17-24 SU
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 8 games
Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Kansas City is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road

Minnesota:
Team record: 21-17 SU
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Minnesota Sunday, May 21

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Mauer needs to score one more run to tie Kent Hrbek (903) for the fourth on the club’s all-time list (since 1961).

2. Kansas City SS Alcides Escobar will break Paul Schaal’s team record of 212 straight starts if he appears in the lineup Saturday.

3. Minnesota 3B Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 in the opener to maintain his .500 batting average against Kansas City in 2017. Fourteen of Sano’s 30 RBIs this season have come against the Royals.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Kansas City Royals will win outright at +112 and the game will stay under 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Royals 5, Twins 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
KC TEAM MIN
3.29 RUNS 4.34
4.34 RUNS AGNST 4.55
-1.05 DIFF -0.21
-$649 MONEY $460
4.16 TEAM ERA 4.11
7.61 OFF HITS 8.03
2.61 OFF WALKS 4.13
7.66 OFF Ks 7.97
8.59 DEF HITS 8.21
3.54 DEF WALKS 3.39
8.07 DEF Ks 6.76
INJURIES
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
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
MINNESOTA TWINS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
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
BETTING TRENDS
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 8 games
Kansas City is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Kansas City’s last 13 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
MINNESOTA TWINS
Minnesota is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Minnesota’s last 13 games when playing at home against Kansas City
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Kansas City’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 3.3 15 4.6 12
Kansas City’s Away Scoring vs Minnesota’s Home Defense 3.2 14 5.0 15
Kansas City’s Road ERA vs Minnesota’s Home ERA Allowed 5.1 12 4.3 10
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas City’s Overall Defense 4.3 9 4.3 9
Minnesota’s Home Scoring vs Kansas City’s Road Defense 4.2 11 5.3 13
Minnesota’s Home ERA vs Kansas City’s Road ERA Allowed 4.3 13 2.6 15
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
ROYALS
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.
TWINS
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.

 

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