Twins vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/1/23

Kansas City Royals (0-1) vs Minnesota Twins (1-0)

Game Info: Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 4:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Jordan Lyles (0-0) (0.00) vs Sonny Gray (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals +125 / Minnesota Twins -161 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins will wrap their three-game set up this Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. Minnesota was able to steal game one with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, winning 2-0.

Twins Betting Preview

Minnesota moved to 1-0 after taking down KC in the opener. The Twins grinded game one out, and they’ll look to improve at the plate this time out. Outfielder Byron Buxton recorded multiple hits in game one, while Pablo Lopez was strong in his debut with eight strikeouts over five innings of work.

Sonny Gray will take the mound for Minnesota. The eleventh-year pitcher looked good in his first season in the Twin Cities, posting a 8-5 record, with a 3.08 ERA, and 117 strikeouts. Gray was lights out against KC in three starts against them last year, winning each decision with a 0.47 ERA.

Royals Betting Preview

Kansas City is 0-1 after losing game one to Minnesota. The Royals were at Pablo Lopez’ mercy, and only recorded two base hits in the entire outing. Veteran catcher Salvador Perez recorded one of the team’s two hits in the opener.

Jordan Lyles will get the call for Kansas City. The journeyman pitcher was serviceable in his lone season in Baltimore, posting a 12-11 record, with a 4.42 ERA, and 144 strikeouts. Lyles was steady in his one start versus Minnesota last season, striking out seven over six innings, while allowing just one run.

Minnesota vs Kansas City Trends

Minnesota is 1-0 against the spread this season, with a 0-1 over/under record. Kansas City is 0-1 ATS this year, with a 0-1 O/U record. The Twins are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The Over is 7-1 in the Royals last 8 overall.

Corey's Free Pick

Minnesota will come into game two with another advantage on the mound, and if they can supply Sonny Gray with the run support, their season could begin 2-0. Kansas City trots out an underwhelming lineup that could see Gray mow through them in the early going. Take the Twins run line for this AL Central matchup.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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