MLB Betting Pick - Kansas City Captures Game 2 at Minnesota

Doug Upstone

Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:51 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 21, 2017 4:51 PM UTC

With yesterday's rainout in Minneapolis, Kansas City and Minnesota are playing two games today. Maybe this will help the Royals, who start the day with an 0-6 record against the Twins.

With the switch, the scheduled starting pitching matchups have been jumbled, but no worries, we have it covered. This contest should start roughly 30 to 40 minutes after Game 1.


Pitching Matchup - Kennedy vs. Meija

Ian Kennedy has pitched better than his record indicates at 0-3. The right-hander has a 3.03 ERA and his Kansas City teammates have only scored 10 runs in his six starts. Kennedy returns to the rotation after being out since May 4th with a right hamstring strain. To show how effective Kennedy actually has been, opposing hitters are batting just .193 against him. The former USC pitcher specializes in keeping the ball down with movement and when he is on his game, he induces a lot of lazy fly balls. Kennedy is 4-2 with 3.74 ERA in nine starts against Minnesota.

Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 5.97 ERA) made three appearances in early April and was not effective or efficient and was sent back to Triple-A. Mejia is a big-bodied left-hander and you would think he would have true heater for fastball, yet he tops out at around 92-93 MPH. His slider and changeup are both slightly above average, however, Mejia is trying to be too fine and has eight walks in 9.1 innings and he's also surrendered 11 base knocks.

 Royals Offense is a Mystery and Twinkies Bats Have Been Faltering

Less than three years removed from back to back World Series appearances and grabbling one title, many of the Kansas City players are in the prime of their careers. While some of these individuals were not dynamic offensive threats, there is not one reason why the Royals should have the worst offense in the majors at 3.3 runs a contest. Manager Ned Yost has to shake this batting order up to find runs.

Minnesota is not as bad as K.C., scoring 4.2 RPG. Of late the Twins hitters have been slumping and have tallied only 2.6 RPG in their last seven outings. Ranked 13th in the AL in home runs, the Minnesota batters have to bunch hits in order to score and when they do not, the recent results are what happens.


Betting Odds, History and Bullpen Numbers

With all the maneuvering, the MLB odds still shake out with Minnesota a -109 favorite in Game 2 with a total of 8.5. In spite of their lack of success this season, Kansas City starting the day is 13-9 at Target Field and the OVER is 12-8-2. Both bullpens have been floundering, with the Twinkies ranked 11th in American League ERA and the Royals 13th.


The Winner Is...

For MLB picks, it would be helpful to know opening game result, however, we will not. With this, I will choose to ignore the Royals not doing anything thus far in 2017 versus Minnesota and if they lose Game 1 like I expect, I believe there resolve will be stronger and they have the better starting hurler and win the nightcap.

Free MLB Play: Kansas City +115Best Betting Line: at SportsInteraction

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