The Minnesota Twins return from Miami with two wins and a loss in their portfolio. They failed to complete a sweep of the Marlins yesterday afternoon. It was a close one with a final score of 5-4. The game went to extras, with the Marlins putting an end to the game in the 12th inning.
This was after the Twins blew a 4-1 lead in the 9th behind a shoddy performance by Sam Dyson to close the game out. Dyson was pitching in no sleep after getting traded to the Twins, so perhaps it was just a reflection of that. Harold Ramirez connected on a solo shot in the 12th to send the Twins home with a loss.
Minnesota are winners in five of their last seven games, with a series win over the White Sox and Marlins. They haven’t been as hot as they were earlier in the season and that’s allowed the Indians to throw a wedge in there. Cleveland have stormed back, but have been sitting at 3 games or thereabout for a while now.
The Tribe must take the next step and acquiring Yasiel Puig puts a bigger target on the Twins. Their offense just really hasn’t been doing anything exciting and adding Puig’s bat could provide a major jolt. However, the Indians do lose Trevor Bauer in the process. The Indians are at home with the Angels in town this weekend.
For the Royals, they took it on the chin with a three-game sweep against the Blue Jays. With Bo Bichette up, the Jays are going to be a tricky offense to neutralize now. A lot of pitchers will underestimate them because they’re so young, but they torched the Royals then kept it going against the Orioles yesterday. The Royals will send out Glenn Sparkman for the start, while Martin Perez gets the nod at home. Head below for our free Royals vs. Twins pick.
K.C. Royals vs. Minnesota Twins Pick:
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The Twins are a 66-42 ballclub heading into the weekend. This could be a trap series if they’re not careful. Here’s a Kansas City team who just got swept by a below average Blue Jays squad at home. They are 7-3 against the Royals in their last meetings, but the Royals have the latest win on June 23rd by a score of 6-1. However, the Royals have been cold with the sweep, and they are also losers in seven of their last eight games.
Don’t expect Glenn Sparkman to be able to fix that with his arm alone. Sparkman has been getting spanked recently, as he’s allowed 12 earned runs in his last 10.2 innings on the bump. Also note that Sparkman has surrendered at least 4 earned runs in five of his previous six outings. And the road has been a disaster for him. He holds an ERA of 8.73, 1.88 WHIP, and .399 OBA on the road in 2019.
In his last trip to Minnesota, Sparkman allowed 5 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings. He fell victim to 2 home runs, which has been a problem for him, with 12 deep balls yielded on the road thus far. Martin Perez has been cooling off recently, so there could be an opportunity here for the KC offense. Perez has posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in his previous three outings. He’s surrendered 8 runs in his last 10 innings. There should be plenty of scoring opportunities in this one, so consider a play on the OVER in Minnesota on Friday night.