Twins vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Sunday, April 2, 2023

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Twins vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, April 2, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Minnesota Twins (2-0) will look to complete a series sweep as they take a 2-0 lead into their final matchup against the Kansas City Royals (0-2) at 2:10 PM ET Sunday from Kauffman Stadium. The Twins are favored (-144) by sportsbooks.

Joe Ryan will get the ball for Minnesota while Kansas City will counter with Brad Keller.

Twins vs. Royals Odds

  • Twins odds to win: -144
  • Royals odds to win: +123
  • Spread: Twins -1.5
  • Total: 9 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Sunday, April 2, 2023
  • Time: 2:10 PM ET
  • TV: BSKC

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Twins and Royals Betting Trends (2022)

The Twins put together a 55-36 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite last season (winning 60.4% of those games).

Minnesota had a record of 34-14 when playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -144 or shorter last year (70.8%).

The Royals were underdogs in 134 games last season and won 52 (38.8%) of those contests.

Kansas City had a record of 27-56, a 32.5% win rate, when it was set as the underdog by +123 or more by bookmakers last season.

The Twins combined with their opponents to go over the total 73 times last season for a 73-76-12 record against the over/under.

The Royals and their opponents hit the over in 81 of their 161 games with a total last season.

Twins Stats & Insights (2022)

Last season the Twins were the 17th-highest scoring team in MLB action averaging 4.3 runs per game (696 total).

Minnesota averaged 1.1 home runs per game to rank 13th in the majors with 178 total home runs last season.

The Twins had the 11th-ranked batting average in the majors (.248).

The club struck out 8.4 times per game, the No. 12 average in the majors.

The Twins pitching staff was 20th in MLB last season with a collective 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

Minnesota had the 19th-ranked team ERA across all MLB pitching staffs (3.98).

Royals Stats & Insights (2022)

The Royals ranked 24th in the majors with 640 total runs scored last season.

Kansas City hit just 138 homers last season, which ranked 26th in the league.

The Royals had a team batting average of .244 last season, which ranked 14th among MLB teams.

Kansas City ranked eighth in MLB in strikeouts per game at 7.9 whiffs per contest.

The Royals averaged the 25th-most strikeouts per nine innings (7.6) in the big leagues last season.

Kansas City pitchers had a combined ERA of 4.72 last year, which ranked 27th in MLB.

Twins Key Players to Watch (2022)

Ryan will start for the Twins, his first this season.

Carlos Correa finished last season with a .291 batting average while adding 22 home runs and 64 RBI.

Kyle Farmer finished with 78 RBI while batting .253 and hitting 14 homers.

Jose Miranda finished last season with 15 home runs, 66 RBI and a batting average of .268.

Max Kepler hit .227 with an OBP of .320, and a slugging percentage of .348.

Royals Key Players to Watch (2022)

Keller will make his first start of the season for the Royals.

Bobby Witt Jr. racked up a batting average of .254 with 80 runs batted in last season.

Salvador Perez powered out 23 home runs a season ago while slugging .465.

MJ Melendez hit .217 last season with 21 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs and 67 walks.

Hunter Dozier hit .236 with 26 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs and 34 walks.

Twins and Royals Injuries

Twins: Jorge Polanco: 10 Day IL (Knee), Gilberto Celestino: 10 Day IL (Thumb), Alex Kirilloff: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Josh Winder: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Ronny Henriquez: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Chris Paddack: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Royce Lewis: 60 Day IL (Knee)

Royals: Drew Waters: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Daniel Lynch: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Jake Brentz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Angel Zerpa: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Diego Hernandez: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

Twins vs. Royals Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Twins 2, Royals 1
  • Total Prediction: Under 9 runs
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