Twins vs. Royals: Eat The Chalk With KC As Minnesota's Sparkle Is Shutting Down

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, August 19, 2016 5:34 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 5:34 PM UTC

The Twins and Royals played the first of 4-game, weekend set Thursday night with KC emerging with an 8-1 victory. That continued the momentum for each of these teams, as Game 2 of this 4-game series takes place with this 8:15 ET start.  

Minnesota Twins (Berrios) vs. KC Royals (Volquez)
My selection in this contest is the home standing Royals, who are in far better current form and who have the better of it on the mound. A solid home/road dichotomy seals the deal!

It appeared the Minnesota Twins were coming to life with a 19-10 record, spanning most of July and early August. The bottom has begun to fall out with the realization that they have the worst record in the American League at 49-72. As a result, the Twins have gone 3-6 of late and that includes a pair of victories this week against the Atlanta Braves (the only team in MLB with the worst record than Minnesota). Last night, however, was a return to their losing form with an 8-1 defeat. It is doubtful that tonight’s rookie starter, Berrios, has the current ability to turn the tables. In his first Big League season, Berrios is 2-3 with a 9.32 ERA. That includes a .331 BAA and a 1.004 OPS. All of those numbers are among the worst in MLB. In his 2 most recent outings, Berrios has allowed 10 runs on 14 hits. His chances of slowing down the hot-hitting Royals appear slim at best.

The defending champions were left for dead, after an 11-21 July/August slide left them at 53-59 (6 games under .500). But, they have won 8 of 9 since that time to climb over .500 and are actually within 6 ½ games of Baltimore/Boston for a Wild Card slot. With the type of positive momentum they have created and the good feelings they have of themselves after their World Series championship last year, it is hard to bet against them, when they are facing the worst team in the league. The Royals have played by far their best ball at home, where their 37 home victories are exceeded by only Texas and Baltimore in the American League. In his most recent outing, against these Twins, Volquez worked 6 IP, allowing just 2 earned runs. In 8 appearances against Minnesota, Volquez is 5-1 with a 2.29 ERA. This year, in 3 outings vs. the Twins, Volquez is 2-0 allowing just 6 earned runs in 18 1/3 IP for a 2.95 ERA.

With a huge home/road dichotomy, the better current form, and the starting pitching mismatch, I invite you to put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in my MLB pick on the KC Royals tonight.


Free MLB Pick: Royals -135
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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