The MLB is set up with another great afternoon of baseball on Sunday. Fifteen games will be up on the board throughout May 2. One of these matchups will be between the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will start at around 2:00 PM Eastern time.
Kansas City has earned a record of 16-9 to start out this season, which has them sitting in the top spot of the AL Central. The Royals have a game and a half lead on the White Sox and will look to further that with a win in this one. Kansas City is coming off a win on Saturday and have won seven of their last nine. The Royals will look to keep that momentum going in this one.
The Twins have put up a record of 9-16 throughout this season, which has them in fourth place of the AL Central. Minnesota is seven games back on the Royals and will need to get it going if they want to get back in the race. The Twins lost their last game and have lost five of their last seven. Minnesota needs to switch things up in this one before it gets too late.
These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but I expect a great matchup on Sunday afternoon. This will be the final game of a three game stretch between the two. Both teams will look to finish strong after splitting the first two games. I expect both teams to come out swinging early in this one as they try to earn a big win on Sunday.
The Royals and the Twins have met up twice so far this season. The first game was in Minnesota on April 30. Carlos Santana had the lone RBI for Kansas City, which was not enough. Alex Kirilloff had four RBI’s off of two homers on the night. Michael Pineda pitched five innings giving up one run and three hits to help give the Twins a 9-1 win.
The second game of the season series was on May 1. Nelson Cruz had a two run homer, but Minnesota was not able to earn the win. Andrew Benintendi had two home runs in this one. Salvador Perez and Ryan O’Hearn each had a home run as well. Danny Duffy gave up two hits and one run through seven innings as Kansas City earned an 11-3 win.
Both teams have won a game in the season series in blowout fashion. The Royals had an impressive bounce back win yesterday. Kansas City will look to carry momentum into this one as well. The Twins have struggled much more this season, but could earn a big series in this one. If either team can come out strong batting in this one, it could be enough for the win.
Kansas City has not been great batting throughout this season. The Royals have scored 116 runs throughout this season, which is 10th in the AL. Kansas City has only scored 26 homers, which is last in the league. Carlos Santana has been strong this season, earning 21 RBI’s and 6 home runs to help lead the Royals.
The Twins have not been much better batting this season. Minnesota has earned 114 runs so far this season. The Twins have also had 33 home runs as well this season. Minnesota has seen great production from Nelson Cruz. Cruz has 21 RBI’s and 8 home runs this season. Byron Buxton has 14 RBI’s and 8 homers throughout this season as well.
The Royals have a slight edge hitting this season. Kansas City has earned more runs, while the Twins have been much better going deep. Minnesota went deep two more times last game, while the Royals had four home runs of their own. Both teams will look to step up a bit on the mound to avoid allowing the other team to have a big night hitting.
Brad Keller will likely get the start on the mound for the Royals in this one. Keller has gotten five starts this season, going 2-2 in those games. He has posted an ERA of 9.00 and a 2.278 WHIP throughout those starts. Keller’s last start was against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed eight hits and two runs through six innings pitched.
I expect Jose Berrios to get the nod as the starter for Minnesota on Sunday afternoon. Berrios has gone 2-2 through his five starts as well this season. He has put up a 3.04 ERA and a WHIP of 0.975 so far this season. Berrios pitched 5.2 innings and gave up five hits and two runs in his last start against the Cleveland Indians.
Berrios has had much better stats throughout this season, but both pitchers have the same record. Keller needs to bounce back in this one after multiple tough outings in his first five starts. I expect Keller to even out those numbers as this season goes along. If Keller can come out hot in this one, I think he can give Kansas City a big win in this one.
These two teams have put up opposite records so far this season. The Royals are coming off a win in their last game and will look to carry momentum into this one. Kansas City has been stronger on the season and I think Keller will have a better performance in this one. If the Royals can have a strong night on the mound, it should be enough to earn the win in the series.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -181 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Twins will win this game around 64.4 percent of the time. This line seems way too big to me. Brad Keller has struggled early in this season, but I think he can bounce back in this one. Kansas City has been the better team this season and as this big of underdogs, I really like the value.