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Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins Pick and Betting Odds

The 1-6 Minnesota Twins host the 7-0 Kansas City Royals in an AL Central match up.

Time: 8:10 PM EST Wednesday April 15, 2015 TV: NONE

Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Royals -125 / Twins +105
O/U: 8

Pitching Match-up

Kansas City: Edinson Volquez (1-0, 1.13 ERA)

Minnesota: Kyle Gibson (0-1, 14.73 ERA)

In their last games: In Monday’s Game 1 of this series the Royals beat the Twins 12-3.

Todays 2nd game of the Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins series should be filled with piss and vinegar after the Royals clobbered the Twins at home yesterday in a 12 – 3 routing. Right handed Edinson Volquez will take the hill for the Royals while the Twins will pin their hopes on Kyle Gibson who is 1-0 on the season. The sportsbooks have Kansas City listed as -135 money line favorite while they have the total sitting at 8.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Royals are 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Twins in Minnesota.

The Royals are 5-1 overall in their last 6 games against the Twins.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Minnesota the total has gone Over 4 times.

The Twins are 2-5 in Gibson’s last 7 home starts.

Volquez had a great first start of the season only giving up 1 earned run in 8 innings in a 4-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

This season the Twins are 0-1 at home and the Royals are 4-0 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Kansas City Royals: 7-0 SU / O/U 5-2 / Run Line W/L 7-0
Minnesota Twins: 1-6 SU / O/U 4-3 / Run Line W/L 2-5

Minnesota at Kansas City Key Betting Trends

• KC is 43-20 in their last 63 road games.
• KC is 42-17 in their last 59 games as a road favorite.
• KC has an Over record of 9-3 as a favorite.
• MINN is 25-53 in their last 78 games as a home underdog.
• MINN is 2-6 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter.
• MINN has an Over record of 22-5-1 in their last 28 home games.

Key Player Injuries

ROYALS

[P] 04/04/2015 – Kris Medlen 60-day DL (3/07) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Luke Hochevar 15-day DL (4/6) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/13/2015 – Yordano Ventura left last game, “?” next start ( Calf )
[RF] 04/14/2015 – Alex Rios out indefinitely ( Hand )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Tim Collins 15-day DL (4/6) ( Elbow )

TWINS

[P] 04/04/2015 – Ervin Santana expected to miss 80 games ( Suspension )
[P] 04/10/2015 – Ricky Nolasco 15-day DL (4/9) ( Elbow )

Free MLB Pick

We looked for an angle to back the Twins in this game and while it wouldn’t shock us if they pulled off the win there isn’t enough statistical data for us to take the home team here. So we’re going to stay away from a moneyline play here and take a look at the total. Royals starter Edinson Volquez looked like he was in mid-season form in his first start of 2015 going 8 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5 to get the win. Normally we’d be wary over expecting a pitcher to repeat a quality start after pitching extended innings in his game out of the gate, but Volquez got through 8 innings on 95 pitches so it’s unlikely that he’ll regress in his second start. Kyle Gibson sure didn’t look ready for his first outing getting banged up for 6 runs in only 3 2/3 innings in Detroit last week. However, he has owned the Kansas City lineup with all three of his career starts versus them being quality. Minnesota has yet to hit their stride offensive and that’s very unlikely to change tonight. Gibson’s historical numbers against the Tigers suggest a difficult night for the visitors.

Take the UNDER 8‏

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