Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins MLB Spread Prediction
Every MLB betting season, there is a surprise team that emerges from the pack to make a truly unexpected impact on the league. Last year it was the turn of the Kansas City Royals, who made it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series before coming up short. That has put a higher level of expectation on the current squad, with the biggest question being whether or not they can go one game better than they did last year. Thursday afternoon will be the final in a 3-game series versus the Minnesota Twins.
Inside Look at the Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins MLB Spread Prediction & TV Info
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Venue: Target Field
Opening Line: Kansas City -113
Royals win again. Kansas City improves to 7-0 and is MLB’s only remaining undefeated team. pic.twitter.com/qWeawIr7ga
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 13, 2015
The first week of the season really could not have gone any better for the Royals, as they sit at 7-0, and look like a team that is very much on a mission. They have started out the season playing the kind of defense that carried them so far last year, but they have added some pop to their bats, which is what many pundits believed was what they needed to do if they really wanted to take the next step and become champions. Taking the mound for the Royals on Thursday is Jason Vargas (1-0), who looked solid enough in his first outing versus the Angels. Vargas went 6 innings and only allowed 2 runs in the 4-2 win. He made things very tough for the Angels by throwing 16 first-pitch strikes.
The Minnesota Twins are heavily favored to finish at the bottom of the AL Central, and at 1-6, they look as though they are very much on pace to make that happen. Their opening week was a total nightmare, as they managed to score and American League low 13 runs through their first 6 games. The only hope the Twins really had of saving face this season was if their pitching staff could hold up, but they have been totally shelled through the first 7 games of the season. The lone bright spot for the Twins to this point is the performance of pitcher Tommy Milone (1-0), who was lights out versus the White Sox. He allowed only 2 hits in 7.2 innings, striking out 7 and picking up a much deserved win in the process. Minnesota is going to need more of the same if they have any chance of knocking off the red hot Royals.
Key Betting Trends
Minnesota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Minnesota’s last 20 games at home
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 7 games
Kansas City is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games on the road
Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
This actually looks like a decent pitching match-up, and if Milone can throw as well as he did in his first outing, he may be able to keep the Twins in it. I still think the Royals will find a way to get to him, though, as their bats are on fire to start the season.