Twins vs Royals Pick 8-19-16

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The Kansas City Royals have won five consecutive games and are starting to resemble a team that will make a playoff run. Kansas City has outscored opponents 32-8 during their streak and permitted one run in each of the past four games. The Royals have won 10 of 12 and are 6 1/2 games back in the American League wild card.  The Twins  dropped to 15-29 against AL Central foes with Thursdays loss. Struggling rookie Jose Berrios makes his eighth career start for Minnesota when he opposes veteran Edinson Volquez.

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Twins vs Royals; Time, Date, TV, Odds

GAME: Minnesota Twins (49-71) at Kansas City Royals (60-60)
DATE/TIME: Friday, August 19 – 8:15 PM EST
WHERE: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), FSN Kansas City
MONEY LINE: Twins +130, Royals -115
RUN LINE: Twins +1.5 (-180), Royals (-1.5) +160
TOTAL: 9
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Starting Pitchers:
Twins RH Jose Berrios (2-3, 9.32 ERA) vs
Royals RH Edinson Vólquez (9-10, 4.95)

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About Minnesota Twins

In his past two starts, Berrios surrendered 10 runs, 14 hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings. He lasted only two innings and was rocked for six runs on eight hits in a loss to Houston. In his previous outing at Tampa Bay, he allowed two homers for the third time while giving up four runs on six hits. Those two starts ballooned Berrios’ ERA to 9.32 in 28 innings. Batters are hitting .331 off him with a .410 on-base percentage, a .593 slugging percentage and a 1.004 OPS.

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About Kansas City Royals

Volquez likes seeing the Twins. He has a 5-1 record with a 2.29 ERA in eight career starts and one relief appearance. Volquez is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts against them this season, allowing six earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. At home he is 6-3 with a 4.04 ERA  this season.

Minnesota vs Kansas City MLB Pick

Jose Berrios is not ready to pitch in the major leagues. However, the Twins brought him up and that works for me. I am pounding the Royals with two bets. I am placing 60% of my money on the Royals money line and I am placing 40% of my money on the Royals run line (-1.5). A slight lean to the over but with the two bets on the Royals to win big that is enough for this game.

Twins vs Royals Prediction:
Royals 8 – Twins 3

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