Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 6/3/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-111) Kansas City (-111)
Kris Bubic and the Kansas City Royals (27-26, 3rd in AL Central) play the Minnesota Twins (22-32, 5th in AL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. The Royals open this game at -111 while the Twins are coming in at -111. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers expected to start will be J.A. Happ and Kris Bubic.
As a unit, the Minnesota Twins are putting up 4.6 runs per game, which has them at 11th in baseball. They have 250 runs while having a team OBP of .316. The Twins have hit 98 doubles as a unit and have smacked 74 balls out of the park. They have amassed 233 RBI's and 434 hits on the campaign, and their team batting average sits at .240. Minnesota is slugging .422 and have been called out on strikes 484 times, while being walked on 188 occasions.
The Twins have a team ERA of 4.63 for the season (24th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 450 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.68 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.32. Twins pitchers have given up 76 long balls and 274 total runs (27th in the league). They have walked 168 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.52 as a unit so far this year.
The Twins have dispatched 171 relief pitchers to the hill over the course of the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 64 base runners for the season and 65.6% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. They have compiled 12 saves this year and have blown 9 of their 21 save chances. The Twins bullpen have accumulated a save percentage of 57.1% and has come into the game in 52 save situations. The relievers are sitting with 31 holds this year (9th in baseball). Twins pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 44 times and also have had 59 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Twins have turned 69.4% of balls hit into play into outs out of 4,233 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 16th in pro baseball. The Minnesota Twins have earned a total of 1,411 putouts this year, in addition to 480 assists and 30 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .984 which ranks 9th in MLB, and they have twisted 357 double plays.
Happ (126-94 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.21 and he has gone up against 7,572 opposing batters in the majors. He has given up 1,688 hits (8.5 hits per 9 innings) and has had 636 free passes. His ERA is 4.01 (797 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.300. Happ has taken the mound for 1,787 innings and has earned 1,574 K's so far in his MLB career.
The Kansas City Royals have earned an on-base percentage of .305 and a team batting average of .241 so far this season. They have been called out on strikes on 436 occasions (26th in baseball) and have accounted for 416 base hits. Kansas City has knocked in 51 HRs this year as well as 216 RBIs. The Royals hold a slugging percentage of .386 and they tally 4.30 runs per contest (15th in the league). They have 74 doubles, while getting a free base 152 times as well as scoring 228 runs.
The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.389 in addition to having a FIP of 3.90 as a unit for the year. They are currently ranked 15th in the league as a staff in total hits allowed with 425. The Kansas City pitching staff have given up 242 runs on the campaign while holding a team ERA of 4.35 (222 earned runs relinquished). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.26 (482 strikeouts against 213 walks). They have relinquished 48 homers and they relinquish 4.74 runs per 9 innings (20th in the league).
Kansas City relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 30.8% of 91 inherited base runners. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 56 times in high leverage situations and on 58 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 51 save situations, the Royals have 31 holds in addition to 7 blown saves. They are currently ranked 12th in baseball with a save percentage of 65.0%, and they have sent 180 bullpen pitchers onto the field on the campaign. Kansas City has called on bullpen pitchers to take the mound in 20 save chances and they have walked away with 13 saves.
Out of their 4,137 innings played, the Royals have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 68.0% (28th in the majors). The Kansas City Royals have twisted 40 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .983 (20th in MLB). The Royals have racked up 437 assists, 32 errors and have accumulated 1,379 putouts for the year.
During his pro baseball career, Bubic has allowed 71 base hits while he has earned 71 K's in 79 innings. He has given up a total of 29 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.343 and a FIP of 4.3. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.97 and he has gone up against 338 hitters during his career. Bubic (2-6 career mark) is the owner of a 3.28 earned run average while surrendering 8.0 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (-111)
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