Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins 8/16/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/15/2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014 2014
Target Field in Minneapolis
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On Saturday night, Yordano Ventura (9-8) will look to extend his undefeated streak to five games when he and the Kansas City Royals take on Phil Hughes (12-8) and the Minnesota Twins.
On Monday against the Oakland Athletics, Yordano Ventura had a pretty outing, but all he could get out of that start was a no decision. He pitched six innings in that game and allowed two runs on just two hits while striking out five batters and walking four. He now has a 3.45 ERA and he has only given up a total of 13 home runs in 133 innings this year.
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe has two hits in his six at-bats against Ventura with a double, a triple and two RBI. Eduardo Nunez is 0-for-4 against him with no walks and a strikeout.
Right-hander Phil Hughes was able to pick up his second win in a row on Sunday when he defeated the Oakland Athletics on the road. He pitched seven innings in that outing and allowed just one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven. Hughes has given up 169 hits in 150.2 innings this year, but he also has struck out 134 batters.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has five hits in his 11 at-bats against Hughes with a double, a home run and two RBI. Jarrod Dyson is just 1-for-9 against him with a home run and five strikeouts.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 53-61-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
Minnesota Twins are 58-56-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Minnesota Twins is -0.3
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
08/01/14 1B Eric Hosmer Hand 15-day DL (8/1)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
05/03/14 P Mike Pelfrey Groin 60-day DL (5/1)
Guy's Pick: Take Kansas City
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