Kansas City is enjoying its longest winning streak of the season and will try to extend it by winning the opening game of the series with Minnesota. The hosts didn’t fare well against the Royals in 2013, but home pitch advantage should help them close the gap separating them from Kansas in the central division.
Bet: Minnesota 2.15
Odds: Winner Sports 2.15
The Royals will send in Earvin Santana who has an impressive record against the Twins and limited opponents to fewer than three runs per game. He wasn’t that sharp lately against other opponents and overall he split his first decisions while posting an ERA of 3.06. What he needs is more support from his teammates and having centerfielder Lorenzo Cain back in rotation should help the Royals score more.
Minnesota’s biggest reason for concern is its starting pitcher as Mike Pelfrey has alternated victories and defeats lately. He lost a decision this season and is yet to win his first game against the Royals, so it is a bit surprising that the Twins chose to use him for the opening game. On the bright side, Mike limited opponents to less than three runs per game on average in July and if he had received more support from the hitting unit he might have finished with a winning record. The hosts count on Justin Morneau and hope that Brian Dozier will also be fit to play after missing the last series.
Minnesota is hardly a force to be reckoned with even at home, but they’ve shown extraordinary resilience in the last couple of days. Odds of 2.15 with Winner Sports for the Twins to stop Kansas City in its tracks are high enough to warrant a wager.