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Luis Mendoza, Liam Hendriks take mound in Twins vs Royals tilt

Kansas City RoyalsMinnesota Twins
Sep 13, 8:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins Odds

65-77TEAM RECORD59-84

The visiting Royals hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at Target Field against the Minnesota Twins.

For the Twins, Liam Hendriks gets the ball, charged with keeping the Royals hitters off the base paths. He'll face Luis Mendoza, 6-8 on the year.

View Kansas City vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Twins were listed as +100 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 9 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 13 (Twins) and the No. 6 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Minnesota's American League No. 8-ranked scoring average of 4.5 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 11 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Twins have averaged 9.1 hits per game to date this season, less than the Royals hitters have managed (9.4 per nine innings).

Defensively, Kansas City features the American League's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 in the American League at home, scoring 4.8 runs per game.

The Royals were a 10-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Twins. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors. The Royals grabbed a win last time out, defeating P.J. Walters and the Twins 10-5 on Wednesday at Target Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing LA Angels are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Chi White Sox are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Royals at Twins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City home to LA Angels, Friday, September 14
Minnesota home to Chi White Sox, Friday, September 14