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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (16-23) at Minnesota Twins (19-17)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

N Karns (2-2) (4.46) vs. H Santiago (4-2) (3.80)

The Line: Minnesota Twins -130 / Kansas City Royals +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, FSKC

Over at Target Field on Friday, the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins will be kicking off their weekend MLB series. 

The Royals just got finished up with the Yankees this week. KC lost games one and two 7-1 and 11-7, then on Thursday prevented the sweep with a 5-1 win. 

Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Friday’s game, the Royals will be going with RHP Nate Karns. In his 40.1 innings and 2-2 record this year, Karns has a 4.46 ERA and 48 Ks to his name. 

Kansas City has a few strong hitters on their roster. Heading into Thursday, Eric Hosmer brought 44 hits, 14 runs and 15 RBI, while Lorenzo Cain managed 40 hits, 15 runs and nine RBI in that time. Cain and Hosmer combined to go 0-for-7 with a run on Thursday. 

The Twins just finished up against the Rockies. After losing 7-3 on Tuesday, Minnesota lost Thursday’s doubleheader game one 5-1 and managed a 2-0 win in the late game. 

As for the Twins’ starter, they’ll be rolling out LHP Hector Santiago on Friday. In his 45.0 innings and 4-2 record this season, Santiago has a 3.80 ERA and 32 Ks so far. 

Minnesota has a few notable bats as well. Coming into Thursday’s nightcap, Miguel Sano brought 35 hits, 27 runs and 30 RBI, while Eddie Rosario had 34 hits, 14 runs and 11 RBI. Sano posted a hit in the Thursday nightcap. 

The Royals are 4-1 in the last five during game one of a series, and 1-5 in their last six games versus a left-handed starter. Kansas City is also 7-20 in their last 27 versus the American League Central, and the under is 5-1 in the Royals’ last six Friday games. 

Meanwhile, the Twins are 1-5 in Santiago’s last six starts with four days’ rest, and 4-1 in Santiago’s last five starts versus a team with a losing record. Minnesota is also 4-0 in their last four Friday games, and 7-1 in their last eight during game one of a series. 

Karns had a rough stretch there for a while giving up 10 runs in two starts. He’s since allowed just four earned over his last three starts together, bagging 27 strikeouts in that time. As for Santiago, he had a nice run going before coughing up six earned in 2.2 innings to the Indians in his last start. This should be a fairly decent pitching matchup, but I’ll take the Royals here, as I think their offense has shown signs of life this week (not necessarily at opportune times, however). Give me KC.

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