Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals 5-21-22

Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals 5/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals 5/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Minnesota Twins (23-16) and the Kansas City Royals (14-24) will battle in Game 2 of 3 of the AL Central Division at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 7:10 PM ET. Minnesota aims for a back-to-back win facing Kansas City on Saturday evening after a 6-4 victory on Friday.

 

The Twins will try to extend their winning streak after winning the final installment of a series versus the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. Minnesota took the lead at 23-16 in the American League Central Division with a .590 team percentage after acquiring 162 runs while wasting 139 for a +23 run difference on the season.

 

1B José Miranda scored one run on two hits with two RBIs for the Twins while Pitcher Devin Smeltzer finished 5.1 innings of work with 5 hits, one earned run, and one base on balls in the winning effort.  

 

CF Byron Buxton nailed 11 home runs with 20 runs batted in and a batting average of .245 in leading Minnesota while SS Jorge Polanco contributed a team-high 22 RBIs with 4 home runs and batting .235 on the year. RF Max Kepler marked an average of .259 at the plate, an on-base percentage of .358, and slugging .431 for the Twins.

 

Right-hander Joe Ryan (4-2, 2.39 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 36 Ks) will be posting on the pitcher’s rubber to start the second round of a series versus the Royals on Saturday. Ryan relinquished 24 hits, 12 bases on balls, and 3 long balls in 37.2 innings pitched in the major league this season.

 

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Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Predictions 5/21/2022

 

The Kansas City Royals struggled after losing two games in a row including a 4-6 loss against the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Royals also lost the closing game of a series to the White Sox at 4-7 on Thursday.

 

Kansas City dropped to 4th place at 14-24 in the American League Central Division with a team percentage of 14-24 and 8.5 contests behind first place after accumulating 137 runs while conceding 185 for a run difference of -48 on the year.

 

3B Emmanuel Rivera carried the offense for the Royals after scoring two runs on a double and completed one RBI while Daniel Lynch lasted for just 3.2 innings with 5 hits, 4 earned runs, and 2 walks yielded but wrung up 2 Minnesota hitters in the losing effort.  

 

Catcher Salvador Perez recorded a team-leading 6 home runs and 16 runs batted in with a batting average of .206 for Kansas while LF Andrew Benintendi averages .306 at the plate with an on-base percentage of .367 and slugging .403 on the season.

 

The Royals will appoint right-hander Brad Keller (1-3, 2.89 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 25 Ks) to take on the mound to start against the Twins on Saturday night. The right-handed thrower yielded 35 hits, 9 free bases, and 5 home runs in 43.2 innings pitched in his career starts in pro baseball this year.     

 

Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals. The MLB Pick for this contest is Minnesota -145. The Twins played well since the start of the regular season and managed to take the lead in AL Central while the Royals have been looking for ways to consistently win games this season.

 

Minnesota will dominate this match on the road with a 10-8 record while Kansas City struggles at home after losing 13 outings. Prediction: The Minnesota Twins will win at 5-3.  

 

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Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals 5/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:10 PM ET

 

Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri

 

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022

 

TV: BSNO

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota Twins -145            

             

MLB Totals: 8

 

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