Royals to Snap 7-Game Losing Streak at Twins' Expense

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Willie Bee

Friday, April 28, 2017 3:10 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 28, 2017 3:10 PM GMT

Whitewashed on a recent road trip through Texas and Chicago, the Royals are nonetheless slight favorites on the MLB odds when they open a homestand against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. 

MLB Season Record: 7-16 (-9.87)

If Kansas City is going to climb out of its early-season funk, now would be a good time. The Royals spend the next 10 games at home against division opponents, and the stretch begins Friday with the first of three against the Minnesota Twins.

A pair of winless hurlers are set to face off in the series opener that gets underway at 8:15 PM (ET), Kyle Gibson for the Twins and Ian Kennedy of the Royals. Kansas City is going off around -130 on the money line with BetOnline sporting an 8½-run total.

Kansas City comes off a horrible road trip that saw the Royals drop seven in a row to the Rangers and White Sox. A level 7-7 just last week, KC is now deep in the AL Central cellar. Minnesota isn't in much better shape having lost seven of 10 but remains close enough to the 3-way tie between Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago at the top of the division.

 

Batters Hitting Just .169 Vs. Kennedy

Losses have trailed Gibson over his last three starts, two against the Tigers and another vs. the Indians, the former Missouri standout working a combined 12 innings and allowing 15 runs (14 earned). The opposition is batting nearly .350 against him, and Gibson has served up five bleacher bombs in his first 17 innings. Two of those homers were hit by the Royals in his season debut, but Gibson has yet to allow a long ball in this park over the course of five career assignments (34.1 IP, 2.88 ERA).

Kennedy has pitched much better than KC's 1-3 record in his four starts to date, the veteran right-hander allowing just one run and six hits his last 15 innings with the Royals only managing to split those two contests. Walks hurt him in his season debut at Minnesota, a 9-1 setback in which Kennedy allowed three runs with five free passes. Since joining the Royals at the start of the 2016 season, the former USC star has made 16 starts at Kauffman Stadium with a respectable 3.11 ERA (101 IP).

 

Series Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

It's the second meeting between the Twins and Royals this year, and first at Kauffman Stadium. Minnesota swept three from Kansas City at Target Field to open the 2017 campaign, the MLB odds very tight in all three with one closing as a push. Two of those matchups pushing 8-run totals and another skipping past an 8½-run mark. The Royals won nine of 10 played on this diamond a season ago, totals cashing 2-7-1 (O/U/P) in 2016.

Kansas City got off to a rather wet start Friday, but that should clear out and leave behind clouds with a light northerly breeze (in from left) and temps in the mid-60s by game time. I generally don't play teams on 7-game skids, but am willing to make an exception with my free baseball pick tonight.

Free MLB Pick: Royals -127Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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