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The Kansas City Royals will face the host Minnesota Twins in the second game of a three-game AL Central set. First pitch is slated for 7:40 p.m. ET from Target Field. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.
This will be a battle between a pair of right-handed pitchers. Zack Greinke will take the mound for the Royals. Sonny Gray is the starting pitcher for the Twins. Greinke is 4-7 with an ERA of 4.29. Gray has a 6-3 record and his ERA is 3.33.
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Prior to the set, the Royals are second to last in the AL Central. The Twins are tied with the Chicago White Sox at 2.5 games behind the division-leading Cleveland Guardians. The Twins are two games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the final Wild Card spot in the AL.
Before the set, the Royals were 3-2 in their last five games. The Royals are coming off dropping two out of three at home from the MLB-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
Leading up to set, the Twins were 1-4 in their last five contests. Most recently the Twins lost two out of three on the road at the Los Angeles Angels.
Greinke has allowed 112 hits, 12 home runs, and 20 walks while also throwing 57 strikeouts in 98.2 innings. The Royals are 3-2 in Greinke’s last five outings. In Greinke’s last game vs. the White Sox on Aug. 11, he gave up no earned runs and nine hits with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Gray has given up 71 hits, eight home runs, and 26 walks in addition to tossing 71 strikeouts in 83.2 innings. The Twins are 2-3 in Gray’s last five appearances. In Gray’s last outing vs. the Dodgers on Aug. 10, he allowed three earned runs and seven hits with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Prior to the series, the Royals ranked 13th in batting average (.247), 21st in on-base percentage (.309) and slugging percentage (.383), 24th in RBI (438) and 26th in home runs (99).
The Royals traded left fielder Andrew Benintendi to the Yankees at midseason. Benintendi was the Royals’ leader in batting average (.320), on-base percentage (.387), and hits (111).
Catcher Salvador Perez is tops on the Royals in home runs (17) and second in RBI (53). Second baseman Whit Merrifield has collected 92 hits and 42 RBI. Third baseman Hunter Dozier has recorded 87 hits, 10 home runs, and 35 RBI.
Before the set, the Twins ranked eighth in on-base percentage (.320), home runs (140) and slugging percentage (.416), 10th in batting average (.250) and 14th in RBI (488). First baseman Luis Arraez leads the Twins in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.399), and hits (127). Center fielder Byron Buxton has a team-best 28 home runs as well as 71 hits and 51 RBI. Second baseman Jorge Polanco is tops on the Twins with 54 RBI plus has 81 hits and 15 home runs.
Leading up to set, the Royals were 55-61 against the spread overall and 26-27 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the Royals were 57-56-3 overall and 27-24-2 on the road.
Prior to the series, the Twins were 51-62 against the spread overall and 25-31 against the spread at home. In terms of over/under, the Twins were 54-51-8 overall and 23-29-4 at home.
The Twins will top the Royals to remain in the thick of a Wild Card berth.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.