Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Adam Wilk
The Kansas City Royals head to Target Field on Saturday, May 20, 2017 to take on the Minnesota Twins. The expected starting pitchers are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Adam Wilk for the Twins.
The odds for this matchup have Kansas City at +203 and Minnesota at -220. The Royals have a 14-24-2 over/under mark and a 17-23-0 run line record. The Twins are 21-16-0 against the run line and have a 16-17-4 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 14-24-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 17-23-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 16-17-4 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 21-16-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
05/06/17 P Ian Kennedy Hamstring 10-day DL (5/5)
04/02/17 3B Hunter Dozier Oblique 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/17 P Brian Flynn Ribs 60-day DL
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
04/23/17 P Justin Haley Bicep 10-day DL (4/23)
04/03/17 P Ryan O'Rourke Elbow 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/2)
03/11/17 P Trevor May Arm 60-day DL
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 17-23 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 0-3 record with an earned run average of 3.03 and a WHIP of 1.07. He has 31 strikeouts over his 35.2 innings pitched and he's given up 23 hits. He allows 5.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.47. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.91 and they have given up 124 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the bullpen and they've struck out 124 hitters and walked 63 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.16. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 342 base hits and 167 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 140 batters and struck out 325. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 3.95.
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As a team Kansas City is hitting .227, good for 29th in the league. The Royals hold a .357 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .290, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.5 hits per game. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .290 with an on-base percentage of .385. He has 40 hits this season in 138 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .384 and an OPS+ of 110. Salvador Perez is hitting .270 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .311. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 23 men in 137 at bats. His OPS+ is 115 while his slugging percentage is at .496. The Royals have 301 hits, including 49 doubles and 39 home runs. Kansas City has walked 106 times so far this season and they have struck out 310 times as a unit. They have left 254 men on base and have a team OPS of .647. They score 3.3 runs per contest and have scored a total of 132 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 20-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 9.00, Adam Wilk has a 0-1 record and a 2.00 WHIP. He has 4 strikeouts over the 7 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 11 hits. He allows 14.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 10.61. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.59 and they have given up 121 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 108 batters and walked 51 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.9 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.21. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 303 base knocks and 154 earned runs this season. They have given up 47 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 128 hitters and struck out 253 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 19th in the league. The Twins hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Jorge Polanco comes into this matchup batting .248 with an OBP of .304. He has 31 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 125 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .368 with an OPS+ of 85. Max Kepler is hitting .252 this season and he has an OBP of .346. He has collected 29 hits in 115 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 108 and a slugging percentage of .409. The Twins as a unit have 296 base hits, including 62 doubles and 41 homers. Minnesota has walked 152 times this year and they have struck out on 297 occasions. They have had 262 men left on base and have an OPS of .728. They have scored 4.35 runs per game and totaled 161 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals +203
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