Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals 9/13/22 MLB Picks, Predictions, Odds

Kansas City Royals (57-84) vs. Minnesota Twins (69-70)
September 13, 2022 7:40 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Twins -222 / Kansas City Royals +190; Over/Under: +8
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The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins meet in an AL Central division matchup in MLB action from Target Field on Tuesday night.

The Kansas City Royals will be out to build on their 4-0 win to close out their series with the Detroit Tigers last time out. Salvador Perez has 20 home runs and 67 RBIs as well as 18 doubles and Hunter Dozier has 24 doubles as well as 3 triples and Bobby Witt Jr. has 25 doubles as well on the year. Witt Jr. also has a team-high 6 triples with 20 home runs and 71 RBIs as well this season. Kris Bubic will start here and is 2-11 with a 5.40 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season.

The Minnesota Twins will hope to bounce back after being swept by Cleveland after a 4-1 loss to the Guardians in Sunday’s series finale. Luis Arraez has 152 hits including a team-high 28 doubles while also posting a .315 batting average. Byron Buxton also has 76 hits with a team-high 28 home runs and 51 RBIs and Gary Sanchez has 21 doubles this season. Jorge Polanco has 88 hits and 56 RBIs and Max Kepler has 43 RBIs as well on the year, while Carlos Correa’s also added 122 hits. Joe Ryan will start here and is 10-8 with a 4.05 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season.

Kansas City is 20-8 in their last 28 games following a day off and 8-20 in their last 28 road games while the over is 8-0 in their last 8 series-opening games. Minnesota is 7-1 in their last 8 home games against a team with a left-handed starter and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.

I get the reasoning for backing either side in this game, but I think the Twins need to be the play. They’re the better team with something to play for here and are running out of time to make up ground in the AL Central chase. Joe Ryan’s been one of their better arms and has had a lot of success against KC this season. Give me the Twins.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Minnesota -222
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