Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins Preview
Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Odds
Kauffman Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the Kansas City Royals and the visiting Minnesota Twins on Monday.
The Royals will turn to Ervin Santana and his 0-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Twins send Kevin Correia (0-0) to the hill.
Baseball odds makers opened the Royals as -133 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 9.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Royals at No. 5 in the American League and the Twins at No. 6 in the American League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kansas City's No. 4-rated American League offense, averaging 5 runs per game, against a Twins defense that ranks No. 7 in the American League at 4.2 in runs allowed per game. The Royals have averaged 9.2 hits per game so far, more than Twins batters have averaged on the year (7.7 hits per game).
Kansas City owns the American League's No. 5 defense, allowing 3.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Minnesota's American League No. 7-rated defense.
The Twins were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Orioles. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at +160 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Minnesota looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Orioles, a 4-3 final on Sunday in support of Pedro Hernandez at Camden Yards.
Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 9-8 winner as they battled the Phillies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +106 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Royals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Cole Hamels and the Phillies 9-8 on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Baltimore are 4-6
After a win are 4-6
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 4-4
After a win are 4-6
A few Twins at Royals trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 11 games at home
Minnesota at Kansas City, Tuesday, April 9