Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/15/2020
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Royals (+175) Twins (-190)
Ryan O'Hearn and the Kansas City Royals (8-11, 5th in AL Central) travel to Target Field on Saturday where they'll meet the Minnesota Twins (12-7, 1st in AL Central). The Royals open this contest at +175 while the Twins are priced at -190. The over/under has been set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Danny Duffy and Jose Berrios.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/12/2020 Bubba Starling CF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
8/12/2020 Randy Rosario RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/8/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/8/2020 Nick Heath CF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/7/2020 Glenn Sparkman RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
7/31/2020 Foster Griffin RP Forearm Out for the season
7/16/2020 Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/14/2020 Rich Hill SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/14/2020 Josh Donaldson 3B Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/13/2020 Cody Stashak RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/9/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 8-11 overall record this season. Duffy (60-63 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.25 and he has gone up against 4,561 opposing batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.00 (477 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.316. He has surrendered 1,020 hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) with 394 walks. Duffy has pitched in 1,074 frames and has accounted for 946 punchouts so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.32 and they have given up 79 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the bullpen and they've struck out 89 hitters and walked 37 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 155 base hits and 74 earned runs. They have allowed 28 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 68 batters and struck out 164. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.76.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .255, good for 5th in the league. The Royals hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Ryan O'Hearn is hitting .279 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 12 hits this season in 43 at bats with 10 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .395 and an OPS+ of 100. Jorge Soler is hitting .264 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .349. He has totaled 19 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 72 at bats. His OPS+ is 130 while his slugging percentage is at .500. The Royals have 166 hits, including 41 doubles and 23 home runs. Kansas City has walked 48 times so far this season and they have struck out 165 times as a unit. They have left 125 men on base and have a team OPS of .740. They score 4.42 runs per contest and have scored a total of 84 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 12-7 overall mark this year. In his career, Berrios has given up 580 base hits while totaling 602 punchouts in 616 innings. He has conceded a total of 291 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.272 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.95 and he has faced 2,627 batters in his career. Berrios (44-36 career win-loss mark) has a 4.25 earned run average and has conceded 8.5 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.86 and they have given up 67 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 92 batters and walked 26 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.48. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 136 base knocks and 64 earned runs this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 54 hitters and struck out 157 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.15 while their FIP as a staff is 4.10.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 15th in the league. The Twins hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 7.9 hits per contest. Byron Buxton comes into this matchup batting .298 with an OBP of .306. He has 14 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 47 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .638 with an OPS+ of 153. Eddie Rosario is hitting .224 this season and he has an OBP of .307. He has collected 15 hits in 67 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 125 and a slugging percentage of .522. The Twins as a unit have 151 base hits, including 17 doubles and 32 homers. Minnesota has walked 64 times this year and they have struck out on 167 occasions. They have had 116 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They have scored 5.16 runs per game and totaled 98 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins (-190)
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