Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals 7/21/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Lance Lynn vs. Jakob Junis
Kauffman Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Lance Lynn for the Twins and Jakob Junis for the Royals.
Minnesota opens at -135 while Kansas City opens at +125. The Twins have a 46-45-3 over/under record and a 53-41-0 run line mark. The Royals are 37-58-0 against the run line and have a 40-51-4 over/under record.
Valuable Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 46-45-3 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 53-41-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 40-51-4 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 37-58-0 against the run line
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
07/14/18 P Aaron Slegers Shoulder 10-day DL (07/11)
07/11/18 P Addison Reed Triceps 10-day DL (07/11)
06/29/18 SS Taylor Motter Concussion 7-day DL (06/29)
06/10/18 C Jason Castro Knee is out for season
05/31/18 CF Byron Buxton Toe 10-day DL (05/30)
05/06/18 P Ervin Santana Finger 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 P Michael Pineda Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Trevor May Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
07/11/18 P Ian Kennedy Oblique 10-day DL (07/11)
07/08/18 P Jakob Junis Back 10-day DL (07/08)
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)
05/21/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 10-day DL (05/16)
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)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 44-50 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Lance Lynn has a 7-7 record with an earned run average of 5.22 and a WHIP of 1.65 this year. He has 91 strikeouts over his 91.1 innings pitched and he's given up 96 hits. He's allowed 9.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.55. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.67 and they have given up 366 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the bullpen and they've struck out 353 hitters and walked 110 batters. 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 4.51. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 851 base hits and 426 earned runs. They have allowed 119 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 316 batters and struck out 844. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.28.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .244, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Eduardo Escobar is hitting .271 with an on-base percentage of .327. He has 93 hits this season in 343 at bats with 57 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .507 and an OPS+ of . Eddie Rosario is hitting .311 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .353. He has totaled 117 hits and he has driven in 60 men in 376 at bats. His OPS+ is while his slugging percentage is at .537. The Twins have 787 hits, including 197 doubles and 98 home runs. Minnesota has walked 325 times so far this season and they have struck out 786 times as a unit. They have left 631 men on base and have a team OPS of .722. They score 4.51 runs per contest and have scored a total of 424 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 27-68 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.13, Jakob Junis has a 5-10 record and a 1.29 WHIP this season. He has 92 strikeouts over the 101.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 103 hits. He allows 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.45 and they have given up 347 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .275 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 246 batters and walked 147 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.4. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 929 base knocks and 505 earned runs this season. They have given up 134 home runs this year, which ranks 2nd in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 336 hitters and struck out 668 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.50 while their FIP as a staff is 4.94.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 23rd in the league. The Royals hold a .368 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .299, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .307 with an OBP of .378. He has 109 hits this year along with 30 RBI in 355 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .434 with an OPS+ of . Mike Moustakas is hitting .249 this season and he has an OBP of .306. He has collected 88 hits in 354 at bats while driving in 58 runs. He has an OPS+ of and a slugging percentage of .466. The Royals as a unit have 773 base hits, including 158 doubles and 78 homers. Kansas City has walked 240 times this year and they have struck out on 740 occasions. They have had 632 men left on base and have an OPS of .667. They have scored 3.55 runs per game and totaled 337 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals +125
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