Minnesota Twins (67-79) vs Kansas City Royals (50-96)
MLB Friday, September 14, 2018, at 8:15 PM EST Kauffman Stadium
Jose Berrios (11-11 3.83 ERA) vs Jorge Lopez (2-3 4.40 ERA)
Kansas City +1.5 Over/Under 8.5
Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals: Free MLB Pick
After their last series less than a week ago, the Twins and Royals respectfully played host to the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. Despite their season-long struggles, both teams took two out of three games before meeting up again for they face each other one last time this year. After sixteen games, the two teams are tied at 8-8. Minnesota, despite sitting at a dozen games below .500, they find themselves in second place in the American League Central, like last season. However, this 67-79 team is a far walk away from their 85 win team from last season. Still, beating the New York Yankees in a three-game series, as well as taking five of their last seven games against the Kansas City Royals proves one thing that has seemed to be forgotten because of this setback year: Minnesota does have some talent.
In their outfield, led by their top player left fielder Eddie Rosario, their three outfielders have a combined seven years of MLB experience. Rosario, Jake Cave in centerfield, and Max Kepler in right are all players with some potential to return Minnesota back to last year’s success and further on. Though the three of them will certainly not make headlines this season, next year, after the stink of 2018 gets out of their noses and Cave gets another year under his belt, the players are Minnesota’s best talent on the roster currently. That is, unless the APB on Miguel Sano, the 2017 version, is ever found.
There is a chance that Sano could have been a one year wonder, but that wouldn’t be a fair statement. Sano’s 2016 season was a solid year that set up his All-Star campaign in 2017. Whether or not because of his current right leg injury that is keeping him out of the lineup, the hamstring injury that kept him out of some early games, or coming into the season with a potential suspension over an allegation of sexual assault, Sano has had the worst season of his career. His very young, early career that could have the ability to be even better than any outfielder on both Minnesota or the Kansas City Royals.
Right now, the Royals find themselves in an unfamiliar position (for anyone that does not have double digits in their age): They are in the bottom of the Central division. But here are some words of encouragement. Rebuilding bites like a great white. Kansas City is about to enter a few years of where a finish in fourth in the worst division in the sport be seen as an improvement and reason to cheer. Unlike the San Francisco Giants or the Pittsburgh Pirates, trying to both rebuild while still deluding yourself in believing that there is a chance at the top of a top-heavy division, Kansas City took the right approach and traded their most valuable assets for the future. Currently, their two top players, second baseman Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez, are closing in on 30. Do not be surprised to see these two in a different uniform over the next two years as the rebuilding continues.
So while the roster is not something special, Kansas City does hold a winning record against another Central rival in the Detroit Tigers, showing that KC still holds World Series pride in competing against division opponents.
At home, Minnesota holds a 40-34 ATS record. Kansas City’s road ATS record is .500 at 36-36
Minnesota is 39-36 when they are favored this season.
Free MLB Pick: Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals
Against Kansas City last week, pitcher Jose Berrios went six innings and allowed only a single earned run for KC. In his other two starts, he went seven innings each time and allowed three total runs in those starts. Because of Berrios’ success all year against the Royals, picking his arm to take the game would be a wise decision. And seeing that Berrios has only allowed four runs in three games against the Royals, take the Twins and the over for this game.