Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 7/2/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-105) Kansas City (-116)
J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins (33-45, 4th in AL Central) are headed to Kauffman Stadium on Friday where they'll take on the Kansas City Royals (33-46, 5th in AL Central). The Royals open this contest at -116 while the Twins are priced at -105. The O/U opens at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are J.A. Happ and Brady Singer.
The Twins have tallied 133 two-baggers as a squad and have smacked 115 balls out of the park. Minnesota has a slugging percentage of .434 and have been rung up 671 times, while being walked on 252 occasions. As a squad, the Minnesota Twins are scoring 4.7 runs per game, which has them at 11th in the league. They have 340 runs batted in in addition to 646 hits so far this season, and their average at the plate is at .245. They have accumulated 363 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .316.
The Twins are sitting with a team earned run average of 5.01 on the season (27th in baseball), and they have rung up 633 batters. They have walked 241 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.79 as a team on the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.63 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.36. Twins pitchers have surrendered 121 home runs and 422 total runs (27th in baseball).
The Twins have dispatched 256 relief pitchers to the mound on the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 86 base runners this year and 59.3% of those players crossed the plate. They have tallied 19 saves so far this season and have blown 11 of 30 chances to save the game. The Twins relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 63.3% and stepped onto the hill in 73 save situations. The bullpen have a total of 43 holds on the campaign (9th in baseball). Twins pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 62 times as well as having 90 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Minnesota Twins have a tally of 2,050 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 696 assists and 53 errors. Their fielding rate is at .981 which is 28th in professional baseball, and they have turned 518 double plays. The Twins have turned 68.8% of baseballs in play into outs out of 6,150 innings on the field, which has them ranked 22nd in baseball.
Happ has taken the hill for 1,812 innings and has totaled 1,594 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. Happ (127-95 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 4.26 while he has faced 7,690 opposing batters in the majors. His earned run average is 4.05 (816 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.307. He has allowed 1,725 hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) with 643 free passes.
Kansas City has hit 79 home runs this season to go along with 310 RBIs. They have recorded 111 two-baggers, while taking a walk 218 times as well as racking up 326 runs. The Kansas City Royals have earned an on-base percentage of .306 and a team batting average of .244 on the campaign. The Royals hold a slugging percentage of .389 and they average 4.13 runs per game (20th in MLB). They have struck out on 638 occasions (28th in the league) and have notched a total of 638 hits.
The Royals hold a team WHIP of 1.456 in addition to having a FIP of 4.51 as a unit on the season. They are sitting at 21st in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 676. The Kansas City pitching staff have yielded 395 runs on the season while holding an ERA of 4.92 (372 earned runs relinquished). They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.18 (684 strikeouts vs 314 bases on balls). They have surrendered 97 homers and they surrender 5.23 runs per 9 innings (25th in baseball).
Kansas City has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 29 save opportunities and they have tallied 16 saves. They are ranked 25th in the league with a save percentage of 55.2%, and they have dispatched 264 relievers to the mound so far this year. Their relief pitchers have come in 71 times in high leverage situations and also on 75 occasions with runners on base. Kansas City relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 27.7% of 119 inherited base runners. With 66 save situations, the Royals have earned 37 holds and 13 blown saves.
The Kansas City Royals have turned 70 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .983 (17th in pro baseball). The Royals have 667 assists, 46 errors and are sitting with 2,041 putouts on the campaign. In their 6,123 innings played, the Royals hold a defensive efficiency of 67.5% (28th in the majors).
In his career, Singer has allowed 133 base knocks while he has tallied 142 K's in 141 frames. Singer (7-11 career mark) has a 4.40 earned run average while conceding 8.5 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 69 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.340 and a FIP of 4.0. His K/BB ratio is 2.54 and he has gone up against 612 opposing batters in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (-116)
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