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Minnesota Twins @ Kansas City Royals

Bartolo Colon (6-11 , 6.06 ERA) vs Jason Vargus  (14-10, 4.23 ERA)

Major League Baseball: Saturday, September 10th, @ 2:15 pm (EST) @ Kauffman Stadium

Lines and Odds: Kansas City Royals -120 / Minnesota Twins +110  Over/Under – 10


The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins will be concluding their 4 game set this afternoon in Kansas City. Minnesota has the 2-1 advantage thus far. Kansas City took the victory last night, 5-2. Jakob Junis was solid in his no decision effort, surrendering two runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings. The Royals 3 run 8th inning proved to be the difference. Hosmer, continued his hot month of September, with an RBI single. Salvador Perez then hitting an insurance run double to plate 2 more. Jose Berrios was equally just as good going 7 innings and giving up 2 runs for the Twins. Buxton and Escobar each added solo homeruns to their season totals. The Twins still continue to hold a 2.0 game lead in the wild card over the Angels, while the Royals have gained a little bit of ground moving to 3.5 back of the Twins.

The Twinks will send out Bartolo Colon. The Fastball specialist will be looking for his 7th win on the season. He has been very serviceable since signing with the Twins. He is 4-3 with a 3.94 ERA since joining the Twins. Minnesota is 5-2 in Colon’s last 7 starts, while the most impressive stats here is that they are 4-0 in the last 4 games against left handed starters. Minnesota’s hitters have been scoring at an impressive mark of 7 rpg in their last 10 games. They rank 8th in scoring this year at right around 5 run per game mark. The Twins are 39-30 away from Target Field this season and scoring at a 4.83 runs per game.

The California kid, Jason Vargas, will take the hill for Royals in the series finale this afternoon. The holder of 14 wins on the season, Vargas is 0-4 in his last 4 starts and 1-5 in the Royals last 6 home games. Vargus is 7-4 with a 3.58 ERA in his career vs Minnesota. The Royals pitching staff has allowed 7.75 runs per game in their last 12 games. Kansas City is currently ranked 23rd in runs per game this season at a 4.36 runs per game clip. While the Royals are hitting .305 in September as a team, which ranks them second in the bigs behind Cleveland, they are still hitting .258 on the season, ranking them 12th. This season the Royals are hitting .262 off of right handers.


This is like a under card event for UFC, Big Sexy, California Kid, square off this afternoon. Colon, the ageless wonder, just still keeps on doing it some how some way. The Royals going 1-5 in Vargus’ last 6 outings gives no confidence to give him the nod here. The issue that with the Royals is you never know what team is going to show up. First 2 games of the series, no starting pitching, hitters were okay and relievers were nonexistent. Last night completely different story, and they managed to put together a complete baseball game. The Twins just didn’t find holes last night and their consistency offensively and their play on the road, help sway the decision. It helps when you go from the worst team in baseball to holding a 2.0 game lead in the Wild Card.

Big Sexy and the Twins, Book it!



 [button type=”big” color=”blue”]  Pick: Twins = +110 [/button]

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