Winning a championship is no guarantee that the next few years are going to be rosy, especially in baseball, where teams routinely dismantle teams and rebuild after a World Series winning season. It is easy to forget that the Kansas City Royals won it all just a couple of short years ago. They went from 95 regular season wins that year, to just 81 in 2016, and it’s looking as though that winning number may drop again this season if they continue down the current path that they are on. The Royals are currently in the cellar of the AL Central, and will spend this weekend trying to close ground on the team that is 3 games ahead of them, the Minnesota Twins. Both teams are starting to lose ground in the division, as it appears as though the Cleveland Indians are starting to come to life. There is still plenty of time to turn things around, and getting a win in this series might be enough to help one of these teams build a little bit of momentum. Find the latest MLB betting run lines here.
A Closer Look At The MLB Winning Predictions For Twins At Royals
When: Saturday, April 29 at 7:15 PM EST
Where: Kauffman Stadium, KC
Starting Pitchers: Phil Hughes Vs Jason Hammel
TV: FSNO, FSKC
Radio: Go 96.3, TIBN, KCSP 610
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: Kansas City Royals -1½ (+155)
Why bet on the Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins (10-11) are a perfect example of why it’s never a good idea to get too excited in the open couple of weeks of the season. The Twins came storming out of the gate, winning their opening 4 games and looking as though they were going to be a defensive force to be reckoned with. Things have cooled off considerably since then, with the Twins finding it tough to put together any sort of consistent run that would prove the opening week of the season was not a fluke. Strangely enough, this is a team that has been better on the road than at home, so perhaps they will be able to arrive in KC and continue to build on the series win they just delivered versus the Texas Rangers. Phil Hughes (3-1, 4.71 ERA) will start for the Twins.
Why bet on the Kansas City Royals
It has been a disastrous start to the season for the Kansas City Royals (7-14), and their fans must be wondering where the runs are going to come from. The Royals have only managed to score 54 runs through their opening 21 games, making it tough for the pitching staff to try and hold them in games. This is a team that is 4th in the league in quality starts from their pitchers, which tells you that they could be a threat if they can get the bats going. The Royals will be handing the ball to Jason Hammel (0-2, 5.30 ERA) who has not been among the better starters for KC this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Royals are on a 7-game losing skid heading into this series, and they look like a team that is struggling to find an identity. I have a feeling they may win this series, and I think they will get the win on Saturday night.