Minnesota and Kansas City wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have been victorious in the first two games of this series and have won four of their last five. The Twins still own the meetings recently, going 5-3 in their last 8 games.
Twins can’t keep momentum after series win over Yankees
Minnesota couldn’t build off of their surprise series victory over the Yankees and can only split their series against these Royals heading into the weekend. Over the first two games, the offense has been adequate, but the pitching has allowed 14 total runs. Over the last 10 games, the Twins have allowed a 5.21 team ERA. Third baseman Miguel Sano (.202 avg) has been sidelined during this series with a lower leg injury and it’s unknown when he’ll return.
Probable starter: Right-hander Kyle Gibson (7-13, 3.67 ERA)
Gibson has dropped four in a row on the mound. Granted, the last three were against eventual AL playoff teams, the latest being the New York Yankees on Monday night. He gave up just one earned run on four hits through 5.2 innings, but the offense couldn’t help him out.
Royals pitching has exceeded expectations in past week
If there’s anything Kansas City fans can get excited with during the final weeks of the season, it’s been their pitching.They’ve allowed no more than four runs over seven consecutive games. Specifically, the bullpen has a 2.60 ERA over the last five games. Offensively, catcher Salvador Perez (.237 avg) has been hot lately with six hits and seven RBIs in his last two games. Outfielder Brett Phillips is questionable with a shoulder injury for the rest of the series.
Probable starter: Right-hander Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.28 ERA)
Junis couldn’t string together three wins in a row with a no-decision against the White Sox on Monday. He’s had a great stretch of starts recently, this one being another good one. Despite allowing two homers, he finished allowing just three runs through eight innings.
- 12-2 in their last 14 home games
- 10-1 in their last 11 home games against right-handed starters
- 6-14 in their last 20 overall
- 2-9 in Gibson’s last 11 starts following team loss in prior gam