Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 4/21/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-130) Kansas City (+110)
Kauffman Stadium is the site where the Kansas City Royals (4-5) will attempt to beat the Minnesota Twins (4-7) on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Twins at -130 and the Royals are sitting at +110. The betting total comes in at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Joe Ryan and Zack Greinke.
As a team, the Minnesota Twins are compiling 3.6 runs per game, which is 23rd in MLB. They have 40 runs while holding a team OBP of .291. The Twins have tallied 14 doubles as a unit and have knocked 12 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 37 RBI's as well as 69 hits on the year, and their average at the plate is at .197. Minnesota owns a slugging percentage of .346 and have been called out on strikes 104 times, while drawing a walk on 42 occasions.
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The Twins have a team earned run average of 4.13 on the year (20th in baseball), and their staff has rung up 89 hitters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.23 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.32. Twins pitchers have allowed 15 long balls and 47 total runs (20th in the league). They have walked 40 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.54 as a team so far this season.
Twins pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 8 times as well as having 6 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 2 holds this year (29th in baseball). The Twins relievers have recorded a save rate of 0.0% and stepped onto the hill in 4 save situations. They have 0 saves for the year and have blown 2 of 2 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 14 runners on the season with 42.9% of those runners crossed home plate. The Twins have sent 37 relievers to the hill this season.
The Twins have turned 71.0% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 864 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 14th in baseball. The Minnesota Twins have amassed 288 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 88 assists and 8 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .979 which puts them in 25th in the majors, and have accumulated 6 double plays.
Ryan has taken the mound for 36 innings and has accounted for 41 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. Ryan (3-2 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.85 while he has faced 141 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.68 (15 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 0.873. He has given up 23 hits (5.6 hits per nine innings) with 9 free passes.
The Kansas City Royals have an OBP of .273 as well as a team batting average of .216 so far this year. They have struck out on 58 occasions (30th in baseball) and have a total of 63 hits. Kansas City has accumulated 8 home runs this year to go along with 28 RBIs. The Royals have a team SLG% of .339 and they score 3.22 runs per contest (25th in the league). They have hit 8 doubles, while taking a walk 20 times and recording 29 runs.
The Kansas City pitching staff have allowed 44 runs on the year and come in with a team ERA of 4.89 (44 earned runs relinquished). They have allowed 7 homers and they concede 4.89 runs per 9 innings (25th in the league). The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.395 in addition to having a FIP of 3.78 as a pitching staff on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.16 (67 strikeouts against 31 bases on balls). They rank 14th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 82.
Sitting with 7 save situations, the Royals have earned 5 holds in addition to 0 blown saves. Kansas City has had bullpen pitchers take the mound in 2 save chances and they have come away with 2 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 20 times in high leverage situations and on 15 occasions with runners on base. Kansas City relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 34.8% of 23 inherited runners. They rank 3rd in baseball with a save percentage of 100.0%, and they have dispatched 37 relievers onto the diamond for the year.
Out of their 729 innings played, the Royals have a defensive efficiency of 68.8% (24th in the majors). The Kansas City Royals have gotten 9 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of 1.000 (2nd in the majors). The Royals have racked up 83 assists, 0 errors and have accumulated 243 putouts for the season.
So far in his career, Greinke has surrendered 2,902 hits while earning 2,810 K's in 3,121 innings. Greinke (219-132 career win-loss record) has earned a 3.41 ERA while allowing 8.4 hits per nine innings. He has conceded 1,182 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.159 and a FIP of 3.4. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.94 and he has gone up against 12,742 hitters during his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (-130)
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