Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals 9/8/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, September 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Ervin Santana vs. Ian Kennedy
The Minnesota Twins visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday, September 8, 2017 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Ervin Santana for the Twins and Ian Kennedy for the Royals.
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The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at -120 and Kansas City at +110. The Twins have a 63-67-9 over/under record and a 73-66-0 run line mark. The Royals are 66-72-0 against the run line and have a 66-66-6 over/under record.
Valuable Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 63-67-9 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 73-66-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 66-66-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 66-72-0 against the run line
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
08/20/17 3B Miguel Sano Shin 10-day DL (08/21)
08/17/17 P Dietrich Enns Shoulder 10-day DL (08/17)
08/08/17 P Adalberto Mejia Arm 10-day DL (08/08)
07/19/17 P Phil Hughes Illness 60-day DL (07/19)
07/06/17 P Hector Santiago Back 60-day DL (07/03)
05/28/17 P Justin Haley Shoulder 10-day DL (05/28)
05/28/17 P Ryan O'Rourke Forearm 60-day DL (03/30)
03/11/17 P Trevor May Elbow 60-day DL (03/22)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
09/06/17 3B Mike Moustakas Knee left last game, "?" Thursday vs. Minnesota Twins
08/30/17 P Brian Flynn Groin 10-day DL (08/30)
08/26/17 P Danny Duffy Elbow 10-day DL (08/26)
08/19/17 P Neftali Feliz Elbow 10-day DL (08/19)
08/18/17 P Joakim Soria Oblique 10-day DL (08/16)
06/26/17 P Nathan Karns Forearm 60-day DL (05/21)
06/02/17 RF Paulo Orlando Shin 60-day DL (06/01)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 72-67 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Ervin Santana has a 14-7 record with an earned run average of 3.35 and a WHIP of 1.14. He has 148 strikeouts over his 182.2 innings pitched and he's given up 151 hits. He allows 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.59. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.54 and they have given up 483 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the bullpen and they've struck out 406 hitters and walked 157 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.66. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 1,284 base hits and 639 earned runs. They have allowed 197 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 421 batters and struck out 1,006. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.76.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .257, good for 14th in the league. The Twins hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Brian Dozier is hitting .262 with an on-base percentage of .351. He has 140 hits this season in 535 at bats with 80 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .484 and an OPS+ of 120. Eddie Rosario is hitting .286 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .326. He has totaled 130 hits and he has driven in 60 men in 455 at bats. His OPS+ is 114 while his slugging percentage is at .490. The Twins have 1,223 hits, including 246 doubles and 171 home runs. Minnesota has walked 519 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,149 times as a unit. They have left 990 men on base and have a team OPS of .761. They score 4.95 runs per contest and have scored a total of 688 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 69-69 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.37, Ian Kennedy has a 4-10 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He has 113 strikeouts over the 135.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 125 hits. He allows 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.57. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.28 and they have given up 466 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 429 batters and walked 206 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.63. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,256 base knocks and 632 earned runs this season. They have given up 172 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 439 hitters and struck out 1,039 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.44.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 12th in the league. The Royals hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Lorenzo Cain comes into this matchup batting .297 with an OBP of .361. He has 151 hits this year along with 46 RBI in 508 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .445 with an OPS+ of 112. Eric Hosmer is hitting .315 this season and he has an OBP of .382. He has collected 164 hits in 520 at bats while driving in 82 runs. He has an OPS+ of 131 and a slugging percentage of .500. The Royals as a unit have 1,222 base hits, including 215 doubles and 170 homers. Kansas City has walked 335 times this year and they have struck out on 1,016 occasions. They have had 868 men left on base and have an OPS of .731. They have scored 4.37 runs per game and totaled 603 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins -120
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