Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins Expert MLB Picks Against the Spread 8/2/2019
Friday, August 2, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Glenn Sparkman vs. Martin Perez
Target Field is the site where Jonathan Schoop and the Minnesota Twins (65-41, 1st in AL Central) will take on the Kansas City Royals (40-69, 4th in AL Central) on Friday.
The Royals have been an awful choice for MLB bettors, having gone 40-70-0 SU. Minnesota is covering 61.7% of the time, going 66-41-0 straight up.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Royals have been a solid Over bet for over/under bettors, having gone 55-49-6.
The Royals are covering 32.7% of the time away from home, having gone 17-35-0 straight up.
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Twins are covering 59.6% of the time at Target Field, going 31-21-0 SU.
The Twins have been a solid Over bet for over/under bettors, having gone 54-48-5.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
7/26/2019 Adalberto Mondesi SS Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 5
7/25/2019 Jesse Hahn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 8
3/28/2019 Trevor Oaks SP Hip Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
3/11/2019 Salvador Perez C Elbow Out for the season
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
7/30/2019 C.J 1B Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 2
7/28/2019 Willians Astudillo C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
7/24/2019 LaMonte Wade RF Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 40-69 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman has a 3-7 record with an earned run average of 5.25 and a WHIP of 1.42 this season. He has 47 strikeouts over his 84 innings pitched and he's given up 98 hits. He's allowed 10.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.94. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.70 and they have given up 389 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .266 against the bullpen and they've struck out 354 hitters and walked 172 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.96. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 1,026 base hits and 536 earned runs. They have allowed 144 home runs this season, ranking them 16th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 393 batters and struck out 844. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.46 and their FIP as a unit is 4.81.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .247, good for 18th in the league. The Royals hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Alex Gordon is hitting .281 with an on-base percentage of .355. He has 110 hits this season in 391 at bats with 60 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .440 and an OPS+ of 109. Whit Merrifield is hitting .300 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 138 hits and he has driven in 55 men in 460 at bats. His OPS+ is 119 while his slugging percentage is at .480. The Royals have 925 hits, including 195 doubles and 103 home runs. Kansas City has walked 317 times so far this season and they have struck out 940 times as a unit. They have left 726 men on base and have a team OPS of .710. They score 4.28 runs per contest and have scored a total of 471 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 65-41 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.38, Martin Perez has a 8-4 record and a 1.40 WHIP. He has 97 strikeouts over the 111 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 109 hits. He's allowing 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.2. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.33 and they have given up 357 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 372 batters and walked 131 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 928 base knocks and 433 earned runs this season. They have given up 133 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 300 hitters and struck out 944 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.12.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 2nd in the league. The Twins hold a .501 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.6 hits per contest. Jonathan Schoop comes into this matchup batting .255 with an OBP of .303. He has 83 hits this year along with 44 RBI in 326 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .460 with an OPS+ of 99. Jorge Polanco is hitting .299 this season and he has an OBP of .358. He has collected 128 hits in 428 at bats while driving in 52 runs. He has an OPS+ of 125 and a slugging percentage of .502. The Twins as a unit have 1,023 base hits, including 219 doubles and 209 homers. Minnesota has walked 341 times this year and they have struck out on 859 occasions. They have had 737 men left on base and have an OPS of .838. They have scored 5.73 runs per game and totaled 613 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals
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