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Kansas City RoyalsMinnesota Twins
July 14, 8:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins Odds

37-54TEAM RECORD41-48

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

The Twins will turn to Francisco Liriano and his 5-7 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Royals send Bruce Chen (5-2) to the hill.

View Kansas City vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Twins were listed as -150 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 14 (Twins) and the No. 10 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Royals rank No. 3 in the American League at 9.2 hits per game. That compares with Minnesota’s No. 10 ranking in that category.

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.

Kansas City lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Tigers on July 10. Bettors who backed the Tigers at -164 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in Jeff Francis' start, as they lost 2-1 against Detroit on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 6-3 winner as they battled the White Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Twins at +144 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Twins grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jake Peavy and the White Sox 6-3 on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 4-6
After playing Chi White Sox are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

A few Royals at Twins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Kansas City's last 14 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Kansas City is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games
Kansas City is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Minnesota's last 14 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Minnesota, Friday, July 15