Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals 9/15/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, September 15, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Chase De Jong vs. Ian Kennedy
The Minnesota Twins visit Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, September 15, 2018 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Chase De Jong for the Twins and Ian Kennedy for the Royals.
The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at -101 and Kansas City at -109. The Twins have a 70-72-4 over/under record and a 74-72-0 run line mark. The Royals are 67-79-0 against the run line and have a 62-74-10 over/under record.
Valuable Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 70-72-4 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 74-72-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 62-74-10 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 67-79-0 against the run line
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
09/01/18 P Adalberto Mejia Wrist 60-day DL (08/10)
08/19/18 P Ervin Santana Finger 10-day DL (08/19)
07/14/18 P Aaron Slegers Shoulder 10-day DL (07/11)
06/10/18 C Jason Castro Knee is out for season
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
09/05/18 P Danny Duffy Shoulder is out for season
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 60-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)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 67-79 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Chase De Jong has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.25 this season. He has 5 strikeouts over his 4 innings pitched and he's given up 2 hits. He's allowed 2.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.66. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.63 and they have given up 561 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the bullpen and they've struck out 541 hitters and walked 197 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.61. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 1,300 base hits and 666 earned runs. They have allowed 188 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 521 batters and struck out 1,236. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.51.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .244, good for 19th in the league. The Twins hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Joe Mauer is hitting .273 with an on-base percentage of .344. He has 117 hits this season in 428 at bats with 43 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .374 and an OPS+ of 96. Max Kepler is hitting .229 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .323. He has totaled 111 hits and he has driven in 50 men in 484 at bats. His OPS+ is 100 while his slugging percentage is at .417. The Twins have 1,211 hits, including 279 doubles and 152 home runs. Minnesota has walked 477 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,211 times as a unit. They have left 967 men on base and have a team OPS of .714. They score 4.39 runs per contest and have scored a total of 641 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 50-96 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.92, Ian Kennedy has a 1-8 record and a 1.42 WHIP. He has 93 strikeouts over the 100.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 106 hits. He's allowing 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.77. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.11 and they have given up 513 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 397 batters and walked 222 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.04. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,370 base knocks and 722 earned runs this season. They have given up 188 home runs this year, which ranks 7th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 507 hitters and struck out 1,055 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.71.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 21st in the league. The Royals hold a .386 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .302 with an OBP of .367. He has 170 hits this year along with 54 RBI in 563 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .435 with an OPS+ of 121. Salvador Perez is hitting .235 this season and he has an OBP of .274. He has collected 107 hits in 455 at bats while driving in 70 runs. He has an OPS+ of 94 and a slugging percentage of .446. The Royals as a unit have 1,199 base hits, including 246 doubles and 137 homers. Kansas City has walked 395 times this year and they have struck out on 1,170 occasions. They have had 961 men left on base and have an OPS of .691. They have scored 3.83 runs per game and totaled 559 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals -109
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