Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals 7/30/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/29/2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:10 PM on FSN, FSKC
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Minnesota Twins - Hughes, P (10-7) vs. Kansas City Royals - Duffy, D (5-10)
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On Wednesday night, Phil Hughes (10-7) will attempt to end his current two-game losing skid when he and the Minnesota Twins take on Danny Duffy (5-10) and the Kansas City Royals.
Last Thursday, Phil Hughes was only able to last three innings against the Chicago White Sox and ended up taking the loss. He allowed two earned runs in that game and struck out four batters while walking zero. Hughes has been pretty streaky for the Twins this year and currently has a 4.10 ERA. He has also given up 151 hits in 131.2 innings of work.
Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has seven hits in 21 at-bats versus Hughes with three doubles, a home run and three RBI. Jarrod Dyson has also hit a home run off of Hughes, but he is just 1-for-9 overall against him with five strikeouts.
Left-hander Danny Duffy once again didn't get much help in his start against the Cleveland Indians last week and ended up with a no decision. He pitched well in that outing by going seven shutout innings and striking out seven batters while walking two. Duffy may be 5-10, but he also has a 2.47 ERA and has only received 2.75 runs of run support in his starts.
Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is hitless against Duffy in 11 at-bats in his career with a walk and three strikeouts. Trevor Plouffe is just 1-for-9 against him with no walks and five strikeouts.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
Minnesota Twins are 50-49-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Minnesota Twins is -0.4
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 48-51-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0
Injuries to Watch
07/26/14 P Kyle Gibson Back questionable next scheduled start
07/08/14 P Ricky Nolasco Elbow 15-day DL (7/6)
07/02/14 1B Joe Mauer Oblique 15-day DL (7/2)
05/03/14 P Mike Pelfrey Groin 60-day DL (5/1)
Kansas City Royals
07/27/14 1B Eric Hosmer Hand questionable
07/09/14 P Jason Vargas Appendix 15-day DL (7/9)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota
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