Baseball Betting Preview — Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Baseball Betting Preview -- Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
The Kansas City Royals won the World Series a couple of years ago, but right now they are scrambling for the opportunity to get to the playoffs. The team they are chasing at the moment is the Minnesota Twins, and so now they have the chance to gain some ground, beginning with Friday night’s contest at 8:10 PM ET at Target Field in Minneapolis. BetAnySports customers can remain very involved in the action, even after the first pitch is thrown, through the magic of Live Betting Ultra.
The Royals are notorious for not striking out much and walking much either. But they have a .309 on-base percentage, which is lousy enough that it is third-worst in the majors. They lost on Wednesday to Tampa Bay, and then got a day off. They are 4.5 games behind the Twins (70-63), who are currently in the #2 wild card spot in the American League. They are a game behind the Yankees (the #1 team), and have at least a chance to catch the Cleveland Indians, who are the leaders in the AL Central.
Minnesota comes off a three-game sweep of the White Sox. On Thursday, Max Kepler got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Twins a 5-4 victory. They hadn’t won a game like that since 1996, when the guy getting hit by the pitch was Paul Molitor, who is currently manager of the club.
Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.53 ERA) makes his third start for the Twins, and he will be opposed by Jason Hammel (6-10, 4.76 ERA), who had a World Series ring from last year with the Cubs and would like to get another one.
In the baseball betting lines that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Royals are the road favorites:
Kansas City Royals (Hammel) -115
Minnesota Twins (Gee) +105
Royals +1.5 Runs -245
Twins -1.5 Runs +205
Under 9.5 Runs -125
Over 9.5 Runs +105
The Twins, who led the AL Central; on June 25, may have been in an even better position right now if they hadn’t traded away starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and closer Brandon Kintzler. They are dealing with some injuries as well; Miguel Sano, the power-hitting third baseman (28 HR’s) is on the disabled list with a shin injury. Catcher Jason Castro is on the seven-day concussion DL, and Brian Buxton, who leads the team in stolen bases with 24, is “day to day” with a contusion in his hand.
Kansas City went through a nightmarish stretch within the last week or so. They were shut out in four straight games and had 45 consecutive innings where they did not score a run. No team in the AL since 1906 had gone through that long a drought. BetAnySports patrons know that the Twins have been swinging the bat well, with a .282 average and .449 slugging in their last seven games.
The Twins are going after their eighth straight home win, and they’ll do it against Hammel, who has allowed seven homers in his last 18-1/3 innings of work, not to mention 14 runs in a little less than fourteen innings against Minnesota this season. Those aren’t good numbers. And neither is the .451 slugging average his opponents have achieved in the third inning, or the .539 slugging in the sixth. His foes have hit just .185 in the first inning, so yes, he fades. We’re looking at them underdog in this game.
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