Royals vs Twins Pick
MLB Baseball betting action sees the Kansas City Royals taking on the Minnesota Twins Wednesday April 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. Cappers Picks provides free MLB Baseball handicapping tips all season long.
How much are we buying into “cluster luck”? The law of averages has to come into play eventually, right?
KC vs Minnesota
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15 2015, 8:15 pm EST
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis MN
Kansas City -135, Minnesota +115
Pitching Match-up: Edinson Volquez (1-0, 1.13 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (0-1, 14.73 ERA)
But what if the Kansas City Royals (7-0), last year’s AL representation in the World Series, are just that good? The home team Twins (1-6) hope to solve the puzzle on Wednesday night.
For the Royals, everyone in their lineup is hitting like a true Murderer’s Row currently, including offseason OF acquisition Alex Rios, whom everyone assumed was put out to pasture.
Kansas City’s high-ceiling young players who previously took so much criticism – 1B Eric Hosmer, 3B Mike Moustakas and OF Lorenzo Cain come to mind – appear to have finally arrived as impact big leaguers.
It could spell trouble for AL Central division mate Minnesota, a club trying to weather the storm until some impact prospects arrive from the farm system.
Taking the bump for K.C. will be Edinson Volquez, a pitcher that has had his share of struggles, but is off to a blazing start to 2015. For Minny’s part, its problem the past several seasons has been the lack of dynamic pitching.
Free-agent hurler Phil Hughes showed up last season and did a phenomenal job, earning himself a lucrative new contract. But after Hughes, the drop-off is precipitous for the Twins.
Franchise cornerstone Joe Mauer has hit well to start the season, which is welcome news considering his numbers have been trending downward for the past few seasons now. If he can keep raking, it will provide a tangible boost to Minnesota’s offense.
The Royals clearly haven’t suffered from the offseason departure of ace James Shields, if they can continue to patch over that hole with arms like Volquez and Jeremy Guthrie, it is a boon to Kansas City’s chances in the division.
In the Central, the aging Tigers haven’t gone anywhere just yet, and tons of offseason ink was spilled about how great the Cleveland Indians are, while the Chicago White Sox also made significant upgrades.
It might be the closest call of all the divisions in Major League Baseball. All this is to say that it won’t continue to be clear sailing for the Royals all season. But still, starting with seven consecutive victories is quite rare and usually portends big things for a club later in the year.
Much like the NL’s Pittsburgh Pirates over the past few years, the Royals seem to have quickly made the switch from perennial league laughingstock to perennial contender.
Unfortunately for the Twins, they just aren’t there yet. There’s signs of promise over the next few years, but more patience will be required.
Ultimately, it should mean the Royals extend their winning streak to eight.
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1
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