Twins vs Royals Prediction MLB Experts Picks 4/28

Twins vs Royals Prediction MLB Experts Picks 4/28

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Introduction:

It's an exciting time for baseball fans as the 2023 MLB season is underway. The Minnesota Twins are set to host the Kansas City Royals in a highly anticipated game on April 28th at Target Field. As a staff writer for KingPin.pro, I am here to provide you with an extensive review of each team's pitching, hitting, and injuries, as well as my prediction for the game. With that said, let's dive into the details.

 

Pitching:

Starting on the mound for the Royals is Jordan Lyles. Lyles is currently 0-4 with a 4.88 ERA and has allowed seven home runs in 31.1 innings pitched.

On the other side, the Twins will have Pablo Lopez starting. Lopez has a 1-2 record with a 3.00 ERA and has only allowed two home runs in 30.0 innings pitched. One thing to note is that Lopez dominated the Royals earlier this season, throwing six shutout innings while allowing only two hits and striking out nine. This should give him a mental edge heading into the game.

 

Hitting:

Looking at the batting lineups, the Royals have struggled to put runs on the board this season. Bobby Witt Jr. leads the team with four home runs and nine RBI, but he is only hitting .253. MJ Melendez is second on the team with 10 RBI, but he is only hitting .184. As a team, the Royals are hitting .219, which is the worst in the league. They have only scored 82 runs and have hit just 18 home runs in their 25 games.

The Twins, on the other hand, have been a solid hitting team this season. Joey Gallo leads the team with seven home runs and 14 RBI, while Trevor Larnach has been a consistent run producer with 17 RBI. Byron Buxton has also been a key contributor, hitting .244 with three home runs and 11 RBI. As a team, the Twins are hitting .231 and have scored 109 runs while hitting 31 home runs in their 25 games.

 

Injuries:

Both teams have some players on the injury list. Kris Bubic, a starting pitcher for the Royals, is currently on the 15-day injured list, while Kenta Maeda, a starting pitcher for the Twins, is out. The Twins also have some other players dealing with minor injuries, but none of them should impact the lineup too much.

 

Prediction:

Taking everything into consideration, I believe that the Twins will win this game and cover the -1.5 run line. Pablo Lopez has been solid this season, and he dominated the Royals earlier in the year. Jordan Lyles has struggled, and I don't see him having a good outing against a solid Twins lineup. The Twins have been hitting well this season, and I believe they will put up a lot of runs against Lyles and the Royals bullpen.

In addition to the pitching and hitting, the Twins have a significant advantage in terms of team momentum. They are currently leading the American League Central standings, while the Royals have the worst record in the league. The Twins have also won all three of their games against the Royals this season, and I believe they will continue that trend in this game.

 

Pick: Twins -1.5

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