Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals
The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals meet for game two of their series at Target Field. The Twins are -135 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Minnesota Twins fell behind early on Thursday but they didn’t let it keep them down as they came roaring back for the win to move within six games of the top of the American League Central. Trevor Plouffe hit a two run home run and scored twice, Delmon Young had three hits, and Alexi Casilla, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and Joe Mauer each had two hits as part of a 13 hit eight run night for the Twins’ offense. Starter Francisco Liriano allowed seven hits and three runs, one of them earned while striking out four over seven innings of work to get his sixth win of the season. For Friday’s game Minnesota starts Nick Blackburn who has been tagged in his last three starts to the tune of a 12.15 ERA. For the season Blackburn has allowed 129 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 58 in 110.1 innings of work.
The Kansas City Royals nightmare of a season continued on Thursday as a promising start came apart at the seams once again. Melky Cabrera and Brayan Pena each had two hits while Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon were among those getting hits in the Royals nine hit four run offensive output. Bruce Chen allowed nine hits and four earned runs over five innings of work to take his third loss of the season but a lot of the damage was done to Blake Wood as he allowed three walks and a hit and four earned runs while retiring just one batter. For Friday’s game Kansas City starts Luke Hochevar who is 1-0 in his last three starts despite a 9.22 ERA over that same span. For the season Hochevar has allowed 126 hits and 72 earned runs while striking out 60 over 118.2 innings of work.
Minnesota is 7-1 in their last eight games against the AL Central, 10-3 in their last 13 games overall, and 4-1 in Blackburn’s last five home starts. Kansas City is 21-55 in their last 76 road games, 3-8 in their last 11 games against a right handed starter, and 1-4 in Hochevar’s last five road starts. Kansas City is 10-27 in the last 37 meetings of these two.
With these two pitchers and these two lineups we should see balls flying around the park. Look for this one to go over the total. I’m taking the over 9 runs here.