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2022 MLB Handicapping
(22-16-0) Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals (14-23-0)
Date: Friday, May 20th
Time: 08:10 ETPM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium Kansas City
Projected Pitchers: Devin Smeltzer vs. Daniel Lynch
MLB Moneyline Odds: Twins -135 Royals 113
MLB run line Betting Odds: Twins +1.5, Royals -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
Heading into the game, the Minnesota Twins have an overall record of 22-16-0. When playing on the road, the team has gone 9-8. In the AL Central division, Minnesota currently sits 1st So far, the team has gone 16-22-0 vs the runline, while being favored in 68.0% of their games. The Twins’ over-under record is 14-21-3.
For Minnesota, Devin Smeltzer gets the start with an overall record of 0-0. This includes a strong ERA of 1.8. So far, he is lasting an average of 5.0 innings per outing, as well as 3.6 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. In terms of walks, he allows an average of 3.6 per 9. In total, Smeltzer has given up 0 home runs.
So far, the Twins bullpen has been one of the most used groups in the league. The team’s relief corps has combined for one of the lower ERA’s in the MLB at 3.3.
So far, the Minnesota Twins have been scoring runs at a rate similar to the league average, at 4.11 runs per game. The team comes into the game with an overall run differential of 21.0. On offense, the Twins have a team batting average of 0.241, placing them 13th in the league. On their balls in play, Minnesota has the 11th ranked BABIP of 0.261. With runners on base, the Twins are averaging just 0.68 stolen bases per game.
Minnesota has been strong on defense, ranking 9th in fewest errors at 0.47 per game. The team’s defense is turning double plays at a rate below the league average, at 0.68 per contest.
Heading into the game, the Kansas City Royals have an overall record of 14-23-0. When playing at home, the team has gone 8-12. In the AL Central division, Kansas City currently sits 4th So far, the team has gone 17-20-0 vs the runline, while being favored in 24.0% of their games. The Royalss’ over-under record is 17-18-2.
For Kansas City, Daniel Lynch gets the start with an overall record of 2-2. His current ERA sits at 3.3, similar to the MLB average for starting pitchers. So far, he is lasting an average of 5.0 innings per outing. as well as 8.7 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. In terms of walks, he allows an average of 3.9 per 9. In total, Lynch has given up 4 home runs.
During the season, the Royals bullpen has received a workload similar to league average. This group has one of the highest ERA’s among MLB bullpens at 4.14.
Throughout the season, runs have been hard to come by for the Kansas City Royals, as they are averaging just 3.59 per contest. The team comes into the game with an overall run differential of -46.0. On offense, the Royals have a team batting average of 0.230, placing them 21st in the league. Kansas City combined batting average on balls in play is just 0.213. Placing them below average. On the base paths, the Royals have put pressure on opposing pitchers, ranked 5th in the MLB in steals.
Kansas City has been strong on defense, ranking 4th in fewest errors at 0.38 per game. Throughout the season, the team has done a good job turning double plays, averaging 1.0 per contest.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing Kansas City
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing Minnesota
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
Heading into this game, the pitching matchup favors the Minnesota Twins. In addition to holding the edge in ERA, Devin Smeltzer he has the better WHIP of 1.0 compared to Daniel Lynch at 1.3. Smeltzer will be facing a Royals offense with a team batting average of 0.230 (21st). Lynch faces a Twins offense has a batting average of 0.241 (13th).
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