Free MLB Picks Today: Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins 9/22/22

Free MLB Picks Today: Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins 9/22/22
Thu 22nd September 2022

The Kansas City Royals (-150) host the Minnesota Twins (+130) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium on Thursday with the home team eyeing a sweep of the three-game series. The early total has been set at 8.5 (O: +100 | U: -120). The Royals (60-89) lead the series 2-0 after winning 5-2 on Wednesday, their sixth head-to-head victory in 18 games this season. Reliever Anthony Misiewicz threw 1.1 scoreless innings to get the win, and Scott Barlow earned his 23rd save with a scoreless ninth. Salvador Perez went 3 for 4 with a double, one run, and one RBI in the win. Matt Wallner was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for the Twins (73-76).


Josh Winder (4-4, 4.17 ERA) is set to start for Minnesota. The right-hander allowed four runs over 4.2 innings in his last start, a 7-6 road defeat against the Guardians on Saturday. He yielded six hits while striking out two and walking one in the no-decision. For Kansas City, righty Jonathan Heasley (3-8, 5.09 ERA) is on the mound. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Twins. Heasley made one start against the Twins in 2021, throwing 5.1 innings in an 11-6 home win on October 1. He gave up six hits and walked one, while striking out one in the win. In his last start on Friday, Heasley took a no-decision on the road against the Red Sox. He threw 6.2 scoreless innings and gave up two hits, striking out five and walking three in the 2-1 loss.


Over the last five games, Minnesota has averaged 3.8 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 4.3. Against righties like Heasley this season, the Twins have a .727 OPS. Luis Arraez is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .820 OPS in 407 at-bats. Kansas City is averaging 4.6 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 3.9 for the season. The Royals have a .671 OPS against right-handers in 2022, fourth lowest in the league. With a .721 OPS over 411 at-bats, Bobby Witt Jr. has been their best hitter against right-handers.


Minnesota is on a three-game losing streak in road games, bringing their record to 30-44 in 2022. The Twins have scored 4.4 runs per game away from home, while allowing 4.6 runs. Kansas City has won three in a row at their home park. The Royals are 36-41 at home this season, averaging 4.0 runs per game while surrendering 4.9. Minnesota is 6-4 in the last 10 games at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium between the AL Central rivals with an average scoreline of 4.3-3.1.


The Twins are third in the AL Central, nine games behind the division-leading Guardians. They are sixth in the Wild Card race, eight games out of third. The Royals are fourth in the AL Central, 22 games behind the Guardians.

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Minnesota Twins (-135)

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