Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Betting Preview
Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins Odds
The Twins get a visit from the Kansas City Royals in baseball action on Sunday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.
Ervin Santana, with a record of 5-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Royals, while the Twins trot Kevin Correia to the mound in this one. He is 6-5 so far in 2013.
Minnesota was a -110 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Twins rated this week at No. 14 and the Royals sitting at No. 3.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Minnesota has the American League's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8.5 hits per game. The Royals average 8.8 hits per game, good for No. 6 on the American League list.
Defensively, Kansas City features the American League's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.7 runs per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the American League at home, scoring 4.5 runs per game.
Kansas City lost its last outing, a 6-2 result against the Twins on June 29. Bettors who backed the Twins at -111 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Kansas City suffered a 6-2 loss against Minnesota on Saturday, as Wade Davis wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Target Field.
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 3-7
After a win are 3-7
A few Royals at Twins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Kansas City is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
Kansas City home to Cleveland, Tuesday, July 2
Minnesota home to NY Yankees, Monday, July 1