Betting Preview: Minnesota Twins Vs. Kansas City Royals

  • Despite recent struggles for the Minnesota Twins and strong play by the Kansas City Royals, the Twins are the betting favorite for tonight’s matchup with -190 odds.
  • Betting on the Twins to beat the Royals may be a strong bet given the strong performance of Sonny Gray and the age-related decline that may be affecting Zack Greinke.

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins host the Kansas City Royals in an American League Central battle tonight.

Minnesota is favored with Sonny Gray on the mound, while the Royals will be hoping for a vintage performance by franchise legend Zack Greinke.

Team Runline Moneyline Total
Kansas City Royals +1.5(-125) +156 O 8.0(-115)
Minnesota Twins -1.5(+105) -190 U 8.0(-105)

Betting On A Twins Resurgence

Tonight’s matchup between the Twins and Royals will be the second game of the rivals three-game series, with the Twins taking home the win yesterday 4-2.

That Twins win may have been a twist of fate, as despite the Twins(59-55) having a better record than the Royals(48-68), Kansas City has performed like the much better team as of late. Since August 6th, Minnesota has gone 3-5 while the Royals 6-4.

Despite their recent play favoring the Royals, the best bet for the evening may be on the Twins simply because they have Sonny Gray on the rubber instead of Zack Greinke.

Gray has performed admirably this season, with particular success as the favorite. Sonny Gray has gone 9-4 straight up as the favorite this season, including winning his matchup as a home favorite against Zack Greinke and the Royals on May 29th.

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Betting on Sonny Gray is not simply a bet on his success as a betting favorite, but also because he is having a much better season than his counterpart Grienke.

  • Sonny Gray: 17 Starts, 345 Batters Faced, 79 Strikeouts, 3.33 ERA, with a 1.159 WHIP
  • Zack Greinke: 19 Starts, 423 Batters Faced, 57 Strikeouts, 4.29 ERA, and a 1.338 WHIP

Not meaning to disparage the career of the former AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke, but betting against a pitcher of his age(38) who has seen his ERA rise and strikeouts per nine rate fall each of the past three seasons is often a strong option for MLB bettors.

That point may just be hammered home by the strong season, especially as a sports betting favorite, for Sonny Gray.