Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals play out the final game of their 2011 MLB season. The Royals are -125 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Minnesota Twins can only hope that this season was just an aberration and next year they will return to being competitive as they have the worst record in the American League. On Tuesday Chris Parmelee homered, Rene Tosoni hit a grand slam, and Trevor Plouffe added three hits as the Twins scored seven run on 11 hits. On the mound starter Anthony Swarzak allowed 10 hits and two earned runs while striking out six over 6.1 innings of work to get his fourth win of the year. For Wednesday’s season finale Minnesota starts Carl Pavano who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Pavano has allowed 257 hits and 106 earned runs while striking out 99 over 213 innings of work.
The Kansas City Royals will be one of the favorites to be vastly improved next season but for now they just want to end this season on a winning note. On Tuesday Johnny Giavotella had three hits and Brett Butler and Alcides Escobar had two hits each as the Royals scored four times on 14 hits. On the mound Sean O’ Sullivan allowed nine hits and six runs over five innings to take his sixth loss of the year. For Wednesday’s game Kansas City starts Bruce Chen who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Chen has allowed 144 hits and 65 earned runs while striking out 93 over 147 innings of work.
Minnesota is 7-21 in their last 28 games against a team with a losing record, 6-24 in their last 30 home games, and 3-8 in Pavano’s last 11 starts. Kansas City is 5-2 in their last seven road games, 9-1 in their last 10 games against a right handed starter, and 4-1 in Chen’s last five road starts. Kansas City is 5-15 in their last 20 games in Minnesota.
With the total set at 8.5 it looks a little light as the over has hit in 10 of the Royals last 11 games and 11 of the last 13 for Minnesota. Take the over 8.5 here.