The Kansas City Royals
and Minnesota Twins
meet for the seventh time this season as they open a four game set at Target Field tonight. First pitch in this evening’s scrap between KC and Minnesota is set for 8:10pm ET. The most recent MLB Free Picks
and Odds have the Twins listed as a -132 moneyline favorite and the game total set at nine runs (Under favored at -115 odds). Kansas City is drawing +122 odds ($100 wins $122) to earn its sixth 2013 win over Minnesota.
The Royals have cooled off from their mid-June run, but they have not completely faded as they enter tonight’s game off with a 36-39 record and off a dramatic 4-3 extra innings win over the Braves.
For KC to stay in the divisional chase, though, it will need Jeremy Guthrie to return to his early season form. Guthrie had a 5-0 record and 2.29 ERA through his first seven starts, but his last eight appearances have yielded a 2-5 record and an ugly 6.23 ERA.
Guthrie, who is 6-2 with a 3.36 ERA in 11 career appearances against the Twins, is also coming off his worst outing of the season. The White Sox tagged the Stanford product for five hits and six earned runs over 2.1 innings in a 9-1 victory last Friday.
Minnesota is coming off a 1-4 road trip, which dropped its record to 34-40 overall and 15-23 on the road. The Twins will look to reverse their recent course with Dominican native Samuel Dedundo on the hill.
Dedundo, who is making his seventh start of the season, owns a solid 3.72 ERA but his WHIP and batting average against are suspect at 1.35 and .261, respectively. Dedundo has been excellent at Target Field this season, posting a 2-0 record and 1.93 ERA in two home appearances, and he allowed just four hits and no runs in a 3-0 win over KC earlier this month.
Notable Trends: The Twins are 5-1 in their last five games as a home favorite with a total between 8.5 and 9 runs (Over was also 5-1 in those six games).
Kansas City Royals +1.5 (-175), Over 9 (-105), +122 (Moneyline)
Minnesota Twins -1.5 (+155), Under 9 (-115), -132 (Moneyline)
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