Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins meet for game two of their series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Royals are -120 favorites over the Twins with an over/under total set at 9 runs.
The Kansas City Royals trailed late on Friday but they rallied for the win to end their losing streak. Alex Gordon had two hits and started the eighth inning rally, Kila Ka’aihue had two more hits and Brayan Pena had a pair as well to lead the Royals offense. Bruce Chen allowed eight hits and three runs in 5.1 innings to not figure in the decision as Blake Wood pitched 1.2 perfect innings to get the win and Joakim Soria mowed the Twins down in the ninth to get his sixth save of the year. For Saturday’s game Kansas City stats Sean O’Sullivan who has been stingy in the runs allowed department. For the season O’Sullivan has allowed 17 hits and seven earned runs striking out 11 in 15 innings of work.
The Minnesota Twins have lost four games in a row and are in last place in the American League Central. Luke Hughes homered and Jason Kubel and Danny Valencia had two hits each as the Twins led late in the ballgame on Friday. Scott Baker allowed eight hits and two earned runs while striking out two over 6.1 innings of work but Alex Burnett allowed two hits and two runs in 1.2 innings of work to blow the save and take the loss. On Saturday Minnesota looks to rebound with their best starter, Brian Duensing, on the mound. For the season Duensing has allowed 26 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 17 in 27 innings of work.
Kansas City is 10-4 in their last 14 home games, 7-3 in their last 10 game two of a series, and 4-1 in O’Sullivan’s last five starts. Minnesota is 6-16 in their last 22 road games, 2-10 in their last 12 game two of a series, and 4-0 in Duensing’s last four starts. Minnesota is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings of these two.
This game should be a tight game but I feel that the Royals will take this game being at home.
Kansas City Royals -120 Minnesota Twins