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Baseball odds preview - Kansas City vs. Minnesota

Kansas City RoyalsMinnesota Twins
July 15, 8:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Minnesota and Kansas City on Friday, with the host Twins trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Minnesota hands the ball to starter Nick Blackburn in this one and he'll try to improve on his 7-6 mark on the year. Kansas City counters with Luke Hochevar, who will try to quiet the fans and the Twins bats at the same time.

View Kansas City vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Twins as -135 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 9.

Power Rankings:
The Twins - Royals odds would favor the Royals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 14 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Kansas City is at No. 10 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Minnesota has the American League's No. 11-rated offensive output, at 8.5 hits per game. The Royals average 9.2 hits per game, good for No. 3 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Minnesota has the American League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 13 mark in runs allowed.

The Royals were an 8-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Twins. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at -142 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors. The Royals endured an 8-4 loss at the hands of the Twins on Thursday, with Bruce Chen throwing 5 innings of 9-hit ball at Target Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Royals at Twins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Kansas City's last 15 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Kansas City is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Minnesota is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Minnesota, Saturday, July 16