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MLB Game Preview - Royals underdogs vs Twins at Minnesota

Kansas City RoyalsMinnesota Twins
July 17, 2:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins Odds

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The Minnesota Twins will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Kansas City Royals invade Target Field on Sunday.

Brian Duensing gets the call for the Minnesota Twins and he will try to build on a 6-7 mark. In the other dugout, Felipe Paulino brings a 1-2 ledger to the game for the Royals as he tries to quiet the Twins bats.

View Kansas City vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Royals listed as underdogs of +-140 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, depending on the book.

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.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 11-rated American League offense, averaging 3.9 runs per game, against a Royals defense that ranks No. 13 in the American League at 4.9 in runs allowed per game. The Twins have averaged 8.4 hits per game so far, less than Royals batters have averaged on the year (9.1 hits per game).

Kansas City brings the American League's No. 13-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Twins' league No. 11-ranked defense.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 4-3 loser on the road against the Twins. Bettors on Minnesota at -125 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Kansas City looks to rebound from a loss to the Twins, who beat them 4-3 on Saturday behind a start from Carl Pavano at Target Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Chi White Sox are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
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 17 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Kansas City is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
Minnesota is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games at home
Minnesota is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Minnesota is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games

Next up:
Kansas City home to Chi White Sox, Monday, July 18
Minnesota home to Cleveland, Monday, July 18