Twins Two Games out of First
The Minnesota Twins try to win a second straight game when they host the Kansas City Royals in the second of a three-game series on Tuesday night. Minnesota won the opener to snap a two-game losing streak and pull within two games of the top spot in the American Central, currently held by the Cleveland Guardians.
Kansas City has lost three of four and is sitting in fourth place in the AL Central, 4½ games ahead of the last-place Detroit Tigers. These division rivals are quite familiar with each other, so before you make a bet online on this contest, read our in-depth preview of the game.
Royals: Scoring Woes Continue
The Kansas City Royals started fast on Monday night, scoring two runs in the first inning, but they were shut out the rest of the way as the Minnesota Twins put four runs on the board to earn a 4-2 win. Kansas City is 24th in baseball in runs scored, so having scoring droughts is nothing new to the team.
Rookie designated hitter Vinnie Pasquantino had the big blow in the first with a two-run home run. Pasquantino was 1-for-3 with a walk in the contest and is batting .261 with six doubles, eight home runs, 14 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 42 games.
Catcher Salvador Perez had a pair of hits in Monday’s game and scored on Pasquantino’s home run. Perez is batting .223 with 16 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs, 53 RBIs and 34 runs scored in 75 games.
Veteran Zack Greinke will be on the mound for his 20th start on Tuesday. The 38-year-old is 4-7 with a 4.29 ERA, striking out 57 in 98.2 innings. He’s faced Minnesota twice this season, going 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA over a combined nine innings, striking out three and walking three.
Twins Get Lift From Kepler
The Minnesota Twins were slumping a bit at the plate heading into Monday and needed a boost in their opener against the Kansas City Royals. They got it from Max Kepler, who broke an 0-for-29 slump with a 3-for-4 night at the plate, driving in a run in the Twins’ 4-2 victory over the Royals.
“He’s been as important of a cog in the machine here since I’ve been, as anyone,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said after Monday’s win. “We’re going to be looking for really meaningful contributions from him from here on out.”
Kepler has been working his way back from a broken toe and will be needed down the stretch. The outfielder is batting .230 with 14 doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 40 RBIs and 43 runs scored.
Designated hitter Jose Miranda was 1-for-3 with an RBI single on Monday. He’s batting .275 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBIs and 29 runs scored.
Right-hander Sonny Gray will get the start for Tuesday’s contest for Minnesota. Gray is 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 17 starts, striking out 79 over 83.2 innings. He’s made two starts in August but has yet to earn a decision, putting up an ERA of 2.79 over 9.2 combined innings against the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Royals vs Twins Head-To-Head
The Minnesota Twins have the edge in the season series, leading 7-4 after Monday’s win over the Kansas City Royals. Minnesota is trying to win the season series from Kansas City for the first time since the 2019 campaign.
The Twins have gone 3-2 at home against the Royals this season after losing five of the nine matchups at Target Field in 2021. The MLB lines for Tuesday’s contest are favoring the Twins to once again come away with a win.
Royals vs Twins Game Information
- Game: Royals (48-69) vs Twins (59-55)
- Location: Target Field, Minneapolis
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7:40 p.m. ET
- Royals vs Twins Live Stream: MLB.tv
Royals vs Twins Betting Lines
|Kansas City Royals
Z. Greinke -R
|+1½ -130||+170||8 -105o||3½ +105o
S. Gray -R
|-1½ +110||-200||8 -115u||4½ -115o
Royals vs Twins Prediction
The Kansas City Royals have been very inconsistent at the plate, especially since dealing away a number of top hitters at the trade deadline. The Minnesota Twins should get a solid start from Gray and have enough offense to pick up another victory.
When doing your MLB betting, take Minnesota to win at home.