Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals - 5/21/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals - 5/21/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals (14-23) vs Minnesota Twins (22-16)

Game Info: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 7:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Brad Keller (1-3) (2.89) vs Joe Ryan (4-2) (2.39)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals +120 / Minnesota Twins -156 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals face off on Saturday in an MLB showdown at Kaufmann Stadium. In the first game of this series it was the Twins that secured the 6-4 victory. 

The Twins got out to a slow start to the season, but they have been playing a lot better baseball as of late, and a big reason has been because of the pitching. On Friday night, Devin Smeltzer had another big game going 5.1 innings and giving up only one run. Byron Buxton has gotten out to a fast start to the season and so far he has hit 11 home runs and driven in 20 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Royals who sit with a 14-24 record overall and they just haven’t done a good job of getting the key hits with runners on base. On Friday they had two runners on in the 9th inning, but couldn't score them. Whit Merrifield has been the top player for the Royals hitting two home runs and driving in 17 RBIs. In this game the Royals are going to need to attack early in at-bats. 

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Getting the start for the Twins will be Joe Ryan who sits with a 4-2 record overall and an ERA of 2.39. In his last start against the Guardians, Ryan went six innings giving up four hits and one run. 

On the mound for the Royals will be Brad Keller who sits with a 1-3 record and an ERA of 2.89. In his last start against the White Sox, he went seven innings giving up eight hits and three earned runs. 

The Royals are 1-5 in Kellers last 6 home starts against a team with a winning record. The under is 4-0 in Keller’s last four starts as a home underdog. The under is 7-1 in Keller’s last eight Saturday starts. 

Keller has struggled to win against teams with a winning record, and that will continue here. Ryan has been strong this season sitting with an ERA of 2.39, and the Royals bats are going to be ice cold. Look for the Twins to score at least six runs again as they did on Friday, and the Twins will win this game.

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