Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 8/22/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Twins (-150) Royals (+139)
Eddie Rosario and the Minnesota Twins (17-9, 1st in AL Central) head to Kauffman Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Kansas City Royals (10-15, 4th in AL Central). The moneyline on this contest has the Twins priced at -150 and the Royals are at +139. The O/U is set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Randy Dobnak and Brady Singer.
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/21/2020 Luis Arraez 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/20/2020 Byron Buxton CF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/20/2020 Josh Donaldson 3B Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/20/2020 Mitch Garver C Side Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/19/2020 Cody Stashak RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
8/9/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/21/2020 Salvador Perez C Eye Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/16/2020 Jake Junis SP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/16/2020 Daniel Tillo RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2020 Foster Griffin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/8/2020 Nick Heath CF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/8/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/7/2020 Glenn Sparkman RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
7/16/2020 Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 17-9 overall record this season. Dobnak (6-2 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.33 while facing 214 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 1.52 (9 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.015. He has given up 43 base knocks (7.3 hits per 9 innings) with 11 walks. Dobnak has thrown 53 frames and is sitting with 37 punchouts so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.45 and they have given up 95 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the bullpen and they've struck out 116 hitters and walked 34 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.37. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 181 base hits and 85 earned runs. They have allowed 34 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 74 batters and struck out 222. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.12 and their FIP as a unit is 4.20.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .241, good for 17th in the league. The Twins hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Eddie Rosario is hitting .228 with an on-base percentage of .297. He has 21 hits this season in 92 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .457 and an OPS+ of 105. Max Kepler is hitting .233 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .343. He has totaled 20 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 86 at bats. His OPS+ is 127 while his slugging percentage is at .488. The Twins have 204 hits, including 28 doubles and 39 home runs. Minnesota has walked 88 times so far this season and they have struck out 227 times as a unit. They have left 165 men on base and have a team OPS of .735. They score 4.85 runs per contest and have scored a total of 126 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Singer has conceded 22 hits while earning 24 punchouts in 25 frames. He has surrendered a total of 13 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.349 and a FIP of 5.3. His SO/W ratio is 2.00 and he has gone up against 108 batters. Singer (1-2 win-loss record) has a 4.64 earned run average and has given up 7.9 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.59 and they have given up 96 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 110 batters and walked 42 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.96. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 190 base knocks and 92 earned runs this season. They have given up 37 home runs this year, which ranks 6th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 88 hitters and struck out 211 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.93.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 15th in the league. The Royals hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Jorge Soler comes into this matchup batting .253 with an OBP of .330. He has 23 hits this year along with 11 RBI in 91 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .462 with an OPS+ of 113. Ryan O'Hearn is hitting .245 this season and he has an OBP of .317. He has collected 13 hits in 53 at bats while driving in 12 runs. He has an OPS+ of 80 and a slugging percentage of .340. The Royals as a unit have 199 base hits, including 46 doubles and 28 homers. Kansas City has walked 62 times this year and they have struck out on 220 occasions. They have had 152 men left on base and have an OPS of .714. They have scored 3.88 runs per game and totaled 97 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins (-150)
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