Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 6/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Friday, June 4, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-105) Kansas City (-116)
Brad Keller and the Kansas City Royals (27-26, 3rd in AL Central) play the Minnesota Twins (22-33, 5th in AL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Friday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Twins coming in at -105 and the Royals are at -116. The over/under opens at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Matt Shoemaker and Brad Keller.
The Twins have earned 99 doubles as a squad and have hit 75 balls out of the park. Minnesota is slugging .421 and have been called out on strikes 493 times, while taking a walk on 191 occasions. As a squad, the Minnesota Twins are scoring 4.6 runs per game, which is 12th in baseball. They have amassed 236 runs batted in as well as 440 hits this season, while their average at the plate is .239. They have racked up 253 runs and hold an OBP of .315.
The Twins have compiled a team earned run average of 4.67 this season (25th in the league), and their staff has rung up 455 hitters. They have walked 172 batters and their FIP is 4.57 as a team on the year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.65 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.33. Twins pitchers have allowed 78 long balls and 280 total runs (27th in MLB).
The Twins relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 57.1% and has stepped onto the mound in 52 save situations. The relievers have inherited 66 runners on the year with 65.2% of them crossed home plate. Twins relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with opponents on base 46 times in addition to having 59 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have sent 175 relief pitchers to the mound for the season. The relief pitchers have tallied 31 holds for the year (9th in baseball). They have earned 12 saves on the campaign and have blown 9 out of their 21 save opportunities.
The Minnesota Twins have earned a total of 1,435 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 488 assists and 31 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .984 which has them sitting 13th in baseball, and they have turned 364 double plays. The Twins have converted 69.3% of balls hit into play into outs out of 4,305 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 18th in pro baseball.
Shoemaker has taken the hill for 652 innings and has accounted for 573 strikeouts during his MLB career. Shoemaker (45-39 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 4.15 and he has faced 2,702 hitters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 4.01 (291 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.201. He has surrendered 618 hits (8.5 hits per 9 innings) and has had 166 walks.
Kansas City has accumulated 51 long balls for the year and 216 runs batted in. They have recorded 74 doubles, while walking 152 times and putting up 228 runs. The Kansas City Royals have accounted for a team on-base percentage of .305 and a batting average of .241 so far this year. The Royals hold a team SLG% of .386 and they average 4.30 runs per game (15th in MLB). They have been called out on strikes on 436 occasions (28th in the league) and have earned 416 base knocks.
The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.389 with a FIP of 3.91 as a unit for the season. They come in at 15th in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 425. The Kansas City pitching staff have surrendered 242 runs this year while having an ERA of 4.37 (223 earned runs yielded). Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.26 (482 strikeouts against 213 free passes). They have allowed 48 homers and they yield 4.74 runs per 9 innings (20th in the league).
Kansas City relievers have an inherited score percentage of 30.8% out of 91 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 56 times in high leverage situations in addition to 58 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 51 save situations, the Royals have compiled 31 holds and 7 blown saves. They are ranked 10th in MLB holding a save rate of 65.0%, and they have dispatched 180 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond over the course of the season. Kansas City has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 20 save chances and they have tallied 13 saves.
The Kansas City Royals have turned 40 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .983 (21st in baseball). The Royals have accrued 437 assists, 32 errors and have earned a total of 1,379 putouts on the campaign. In 4,137 innings played, the Royals have a efficiency on defense of 68.0% (27th in pro baseball).
During his pro baseball career, Keller has surrendered 389 base hits while he has accumulated 299 strikeouts in 411 innings. He has conceded 172 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.341 and a FIP of 4.0. His K/BB ratio is 1.85 and he has faced 1,747 opposing hitters thus far in his career. Keller (26-27 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 3.77 ERA while conceding 8.5 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (-105)
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