Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins 8/4/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, August 4, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Burch Smith vs. Jose Berrios
The Kansas City Royals visit Target Field on Saturday, August 4, 2018 to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Burch Smith for the Royals and Jose Berrios for the Twins.
The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +216 and Minnesota at -235. The Royals have a 45-57-6 over/under record and a 46-62-0 run line mark. The Twins are 59-48-0 against the run line and have a 50-54-3 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 45-57-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 46-62-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 50-54-3 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 59-48-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
08/01/18 RF Brian Goodwin Groin 10-day DL (07/29)
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
07/11/18 P Ian Kennedy Oblique 10-day DL (07/11)
07/06/18 P Blaine Boyer Back 60-day DL (05/29)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 10-day DL (06/16)
05/27/18 P Eric Skoglund Arm 60-day DL (05/26)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
07/14/18 P Aaron Slegers Shoulder 10-day DL (07/11)
06/10/18 C Jason Castro Knee is out for season
05/31/18 CF Byron Buxton Toe 10-day DL (05/30)
03/26/18 P Michael Pineda Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Trevor May Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 34-74 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Burch Smith has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.50 this season. He has 55 strikeouts over his 54 innings pitched and he's given up 54 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.15. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.41 and they have given up 391 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .276 against the bullpen and they've struck out 280 hitters and walked 164 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.31. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 1,043 base hits and 563 earned runs. They have allowed 146 home runs this season, ranking them 3rd in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 386 batters and struck out 769. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.50 and their FIP as a unit is 4.87.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .240, good for 25th in the league. The Royals hold a .375 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .301, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Salvador Perez is hitting .231 with an on-base percentage of .268. He has 79 hits this season in 342 at bats with 53 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .430 and an OPS+ of 88. Whit Merrifield is hitting .297 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .367. He has totaled 121 hits and he has driven in 35 men in 407 at bats. His OPS+ is 117 while his slugging percentage is at .423. The Royals have 884 hits, including 185 doubles and 94 home runs. Kansas City has walked 281 times so far this season and they have struck out 850 times as a unit. They have left 723 men on base and have a team OPS of .676. They score 3.72 runs per contest and have scored a total of 402 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 49-58 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.56, Jose Berrios has a 10-8 record and a 1.05 WHIP. He has 142 strikeouts over the 139 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 113 hits. He's allowing 7.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.65. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.70 and they have given up 411 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 395 batters and walked 132 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.47. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 966 base knocks and 478 earned runs this season. They have given up 130 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 366 hitters and struck out 952 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 21st in the league. The Twins hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Eddie Rosario comes into this matchup batting .297 with an OBP of .340. He has 128 hits this year along with 64 RBI in 431 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .499 with an OPS+ of 125. Max Kepler is hitting .231 this season and he has an OBP of .318. He has collected 84 hits in 363 at bats while driving in 41 runs. He has an OPS+ of 99 and a slugging percentage of .416. The Twins as a unit have 890 base hits, including 220 doubles and 105 homers. Minnesota has walked 367 times this year and they have struck out on 900 occasions. They have had 718 men left on base and have an OPS of .713. They have scored 4.44 runs per game and totaled 475 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals +216
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