What to expect with the Royals and their Quest for a Championship Title?
The Kansas City Royals had a hiccup when they lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in their opening game of the series against Pirates. But they quickly bounced back with a win last night against the Buccos, to split the two-game series. The table-toppers had one thing on their minds, which was to shake off their loss and bounce back with a convincing win.
After a quick series, they shift focus toward their encounter against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are quite fresh after defeating Cleveland Indians decisively. The 10-2 score was the perfect depiction of what is to be expected from the Minnesota Twins. Nonetheless, the Royals are at the top of their game, they will be hoping that they can pull off another heist against the not-so-impressive Minnesota Twins.
The MLB betting odds for this AL Central contest give the nod to the Twins at -140, with the Royals at +125. The sportsbook also has the Twins -210 as favorites to win this three-game series against the division-leading Royals. The comeback price on KC is +165.
Soler – The Man with the Golden Touch
In their victory against the Pirates, the Royals smacked 12 hits, along with five extra-base hits. This was the highest-scoring game of their road trip, in front of a limited attendance of 4,226 at PNC Park. And the man of the hour was outfielder Jorge Soler, who led the way with three hits, along with two doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored.
However, one injury concern the Royals have is the absence of pitcher Jesse Hahn (shoulder), who is expected to return during their clash against the Twins. But it’s highly unlikely that the Royals will tamper with their winning combination. But the Twins will be praying that they can tackle Soler if they have a slight chance of winning against the Royals.
The Batter Who Hits for Fun – Byron Buxton
It was a dream return for the Twins, as their spearhead, outfielder Byron Buxton made child’s play of the opponents. Buxton homered Logan Allen’s second pitch and went for a whopping five for five. Apart from that, catcher Mitch Garver hit two home runs; thus, ending the Twins’ four-game losing streak with a 10-2 thumping of Cleveland.
Buxton’s average pushed to .438 after the added two doubles, two singles, and one stolen base. And soon after Buxton’s exploits, Josh Donaldson hit a 425-foot homer, while Jorge Polanco hit a 426-foot blast. It was utter chaos on the field, as Minnesota won the game quite handsomely. So, if you’re a Minnesota fan, make sure that you keep a close watch on the Royals’ lineup. While the team should do their homework if they wish to go one-up against the rampant Royals.
Kansas City Royals for the Win
Irrespective of the Twins’ recent performance, they need luck to pull off a heist against the Royals. One of the primary reasons is the absence of Minnesota’s utility man, J.T. Riddle. He was placed on the COVID-19 injury list after coming in contact with an infected person.
The Royals have been flying under the radar all year, and the Twins have been one of the biggest disappointments during the first month of the season. Despite being on the road and the Twins coming off a big win against a fellow division rival, I’m taking a chance on the Royals to continue their winning ways and edge this AL Central series.