Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 9/12/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+140) Minnesota (-175)
Michael Pineda and the Minnesota Twins (62-79, 5th in AL Central) play the Kansas City Royals (64-77, 4th in AL Central) at Target Field on Sunday. The Twins open this contest at -175 while the Royals are priced at +140. The over/under opens at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Kris Bubic and Michael Pineda.
Kansas City has a slugging percentage of .390 and have been called out on strikes 1,114 times, while drawing a walk on 366 occasions. They have tallied 560 RBI's in addition to 1,153 hits this season, and their team batting average is .244. The Royals have hit 203 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 147 balls out of the park. They have earned 594 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .302. As a unit, the Kansas City Royals are scoring 4.2 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 23rd in MLB.
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The Royals have an earned run average of 4.63 on the year (21st in MLB), and they have rung up 1,205 hitters. They have walked 526 hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.38 as a team for the season. Their K/BB ratio is 2.29 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.39. Royals pitchers have allowed 169 home runs and 681 total runs (21st in baseball).
The Royals have sent 478 relief pitchers to the mound for the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 206 runners this season and 30.6% of those players ended up scoring. They have recorded 32 saves on the season and have blown 21 of their 53 chances to get a save. The Royals relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 60.4% and has come into the game in 127 save situations. The bullpen have earned 72 holds on the year (13th in MLB). Royals bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with players on base 134 times in addition to having 142 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Royals have turned 68.5% of baseballs in play into outs in their 11,127 innings on the field, which has them ranked 26th in MLB. The Kansas City Royals have amassed 3,709 putouts so far this season, in addition to 1,215 assists and 74 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .985 which has them sitting 13th in pro baseball, and have earned 971 double plays.
Bubic has taken the hill for 154 innings and is sitting with 144 punch outs thus far in his career. Bubic (5-12 record in his career) has a FIP of 5.34 and he has faced 682 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 4.83 (83 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.506. He has allowed 158 base knocks (9.2 hits per 9 innings) with 75 free passes.
The Minnesota Twins have an OBP of .315 as well as a batting average of .241 on the campaign. They have been rung up on 1,218 occasions (17th in baseball) and have notched a total of 1,141 base knocks. Minnesota is sitting with 196 home runs this year as well as 595 runs batted in. The Twins hold a slugging % of .420 and they are scoring 4.48 runs per contest (16th in MLB). They have tallied 232 doubles, while walking 469 times and scoring 631 runs.
The Twins have a team WHIP of 1.319 and have a FIP of 4.71 as a squad on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.72 (1,144 strikeouts vs 421 free passes). They sit at 24th in MLB as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,210. They have given up 215 long balls and they surrender 5.37 runs per 9 innings (28th in MLB). The Minnesota pitching staff have yielded 738 runs this year and come in with a team ERA of 4.90 (673 earned runs given up).
With 130 save situations, the Twins have accumulated 75 holds and also 19 blown saves. Minnesota has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 55 save opportunities and they have come away with 36 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 156 times in high leverage situations in addition to 109 occasions with runners on. Minnesota relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 46.2% of 143 inherited runners. They sit at 9th in baseball holding a save rate of 65.5%, and they have dispatched 451 relief pitchers to the hill for the season.
Out of their 11,133 innings on the field, the Twins have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (20th in professional baseball). The Minnesota Twins have twisted 124 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .981 (29th in pro baseball). The Twins have recorded 1,255 assists, 98 errors and have earned 3,711 putouts for the season.
During his career, Pineda has surrendered 908 base hits while tallying 928 punch outs in 940 innings pitched. Pineda (58-54 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 4.02 ERA while surrendering 8.7 hits per 9 innings. He has surrendered a total of 420 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.189 and having a FIP of 3.7. His K/BB ratio is 4.42 and he has faced 3,898 batters so far in his pro baseball career.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (-175)
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