An American League Central battle continues Saturday, August 22, 2020, when the Minnesota Twins (17-10) visit the Kansas City Royals (11-15) battle it out in game two of their three game series. Minnesota currently lead the AL Central by half a game over the Cleveland Indians, while Kansas City sits in fourth place, 5.5g games back. This game will air live on FS1 at 7:05 p.m. EST.
The opening game of this series saw the Kansas City Royals come away with a 7-2-win Friday night. Hunter Dozier led the way with two hits, one home run, two runs and three RBI’s. Jorge Solar also chipped in with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. All odds are from MGM Sportsbook.
Minnesota Twins (-169) at Kansas City Royals (+138)
Pitching Matchup: Randy Dobnak (4-1, 1.42 ERA, 0.87 WHIP) vs Brady Singer (1-2, 4.56 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
Randy Dobnak has been on fire all of 2020 and will look to continue that Saturday night. Dobnak has not given up more than two runs in any of his five starts and has given up zero earned runs in two of those five. Last time out, Dobnak had his worst outing of the season when he gave up tree hits and two earned runs to these Kansas City Royals.
Brady Singer hasn’t been lights out this season, but he has been consistent as he has given up exactly two earned runs in three of his five starts. Last time out, Singer gave up four hits and three earned runs to the Minnesota Twins.
Nelson Cruz may be 40 years old, but he has been an offensive machine this season and leads the Twins in all major offensive categories. Cruz has a .333 batting average, 32 hits, nine home runs, 25 RBI’s, and a .418 on base percentage.
Whitt Merrifield has been the offensive powerhouse for Kansas City as the second baseman leads in most of the major categories. Merrifield has a team high .313 batting average, 31 hits, a .373 on base percentage and 18 home runs. Right fielder Jorge Soler leads Kansas City with six home runs.
MLB Picks: I like the Minnesota Twins to get the win Saturday night.
2020 Picks Record: 30-18