Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins 8/5/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, August 5, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Duffy vs. Ervin Santana
The Kansas City Royals visit Target Field on Sunday, August 5, 2018 to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Danny Duffy for the Royals and Ervin Santana for the Twins.
The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +135 and Minnesota at -145. The Royals have a 46-57-6 over/under record and a 46-63-0 run line mark. The Twins are 60-48-0 against the run line and have a 51-54-3 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 46-57-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 46-63-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 51-54-3 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 60-48-0 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 34-75 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy has a 7-9 record with an earned run average of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.48 this season. He has 120 strikeouts over his 132 innings pitched and he's given up 133 hits. He's allowed 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.8. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.40 and they have given up 397 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .276 against the bullpen and they've struck out 286 hitters and walked 167 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.32. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 1,054 base hits and 569 earned runs. They have allowed 146 home runs this season, ranking them 3rd in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 392 batters and struck out 778. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.50 and their FIP as a unit is 4.86.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .241, 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. Whit Merrifield is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .369. He has 124 hits this season in 412 at bats with 35 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .425 and an OPS+ of 119. Salvador Perez is hitting .235 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .274. He has totaled 81 hits and he has driven in 55 men in 345 at bats. His OPS+ is 92 while his slugging percentage is at .441. The Royals have 894 hits, including 185 doubles and 95 home runs. Kansas City has walked 281 times so far this season and they have struck out 860 times as a unit. They have left 729 men on base and have a team OPS of .676. They score 3.72 runs per contest and have scored a total of 406 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 50-58 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.10, Ervin Santana has a 0-0 record and a 1.55 WHIP. He has 6 strikeouts over the 10.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 13 hits. He's allowing 11.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 7.23. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.68 and they have given up 417 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 403 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 4.46. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 976 base knocks and 482 earned runs this season. They have given up 131 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 366 hitters and struck out 962 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 4.25.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Max Kepler comes into this matchup batting .231 with an OBP of .322. He has 84 hits this year along with 41 RBI in 364 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .415 with an OPS+ of 100. Eddie Rosario is hitting .298 this season and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 130 hits in 436 at bats while driving in 64 runs. He has an OPS+ of 125 and a slugging percentage of .498. The Twins as a unit have 901 base hits, including 222 doubles and 105 homers. Minnesota has walked 373 times this year and they have struck out on 909 occasions. They have had 727 men left on base and have an OPS of .714. They have scored 4.45 runs per game and totaled 481 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals +135
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