Twins Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – May 21, 2022

Written By Staff on May 21, 2022

The Minnesota Twins (23-16) visit the Kansas City Royals (14-24) on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium, starting at 7:10 PM ET. Joe Ryan starts for Minnesota (-149 to win) while Kansas City (+126) will counter with Brad Keller.

The insights in the article below reference odds valid as of May 21, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET.

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Twins vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Ryan (MIN) Pitcher Keller (KC)
4 – 2 W/L 1 – 3
37.2 IP 43.2
2.39 ERA 2.89
0.956 WHIP 1.008
8.6 K/9 5.2
2.9 BB/9 1.9

Twins Probable Starter Joe Ryan

  • Ryan gets the start for the Twins, his eighth of the season. He is 4-2 with a 2.39 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings pitched.
  • His most recent time out was on Sunday against the Cleveland Guardians, when the righty threw 6 2/3 innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing four hits.
  • The 25-year-old has put up an ERA of 2.39, with 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings, in seven games this season.
  • Ryan has four quality starts under his belt this season.
  • The opposing Royals offense has the 23rd-ranked slugging percentage (.354) and is 27th in MLB play with 27 home runs. It has a collective .232 batting average, and is 20th in MLB with 297 total hits and 26th in MLB play scoring 137 runs.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 21, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Probable Starter Brad Keller

  • The Royals will send Keller (1-3) to the mound for his eighth start this season.
  • The right-hander’s last start was on Tuesday, when he tossed 7 2/3 innings while giving up three earned runs on eight hits in a matchup with the Chicago White Sox.
  • The 26-year-old has pitched in seven games this season with an ERA of 2.89 and 5.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • He has five quality starts in seven chances this season.
  • The Twins are batting .239 this season, 13th in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .389 (13th in the league) with 40 home runs.
  • Among qualified Major League pitchers this season, the 26-year-old’s 2.89 ERA ranks 23rd, 1.008 WHIP ranks 16th, and 5.2 K/9 ranks 57th.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 21, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Twins Betting Trends

  • The Twins have won 17 of the 24 games they were the moneyline favorite this season (70.8%).
  • Minnesota has a 9-1 record (winning 90% of its games) when it has played as a moneyline favorite of -149 or shorter.
  • The implied moneyline probablility for this matchup gives the Twins a 59.8% chance to win.
  • Minnesota has played in 39 games with set over/under, and has combined with opponents to go over the total 16 times (16-21-2).
  • The Twins have put together an 18-21-0 record against the spread this season (covering 46.2% of the time).
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Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have entered the game as underdogs 32 times this season and won 11, or 34.4%, of those games.
  • Kansas City has entered 13 games this season as the underdog by +126 or more and is 3-10 in those contests.
  • The Royals have a 44.2% chance to win this game based on the implied probability of the moneyline.
  • Games involving Kansas City have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 18 of 38 chances this season.
  • In 38 games with a spread this season, the Royals are 17-21-0 ATS.

Twins Players to Watch

  • Byron Buxton has five doubles, 11 home runs and nine walks while batting .235.
  • Max Kepler has collected 30 hits with a .355 OBP to pace his team in both. He has five doubles, five home runs and 17 walks while hitting .252.
  • Kepler currently ranks 70th in batting average, 38th in on base percentage, and 71st in slugging among qualified hitters.
  • Jorge Polanco has accumulated a slugging percentage of .367, a team-high for the Twins. He’s hitting .223 with eight doubles, four home runs and 22 walks.
  • Luis Arraez has five doubles, a home run and 16 walks while batting .313. He paces his team with a .394 slugging percentage.

Twins Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Jorge Polanco 139 .223 15 4 22 .327 .694
Max Kepler 119 .252 14 5 16 .355 .775
Gio Urshela 111 .225 14 3 12 .291 .615
Gary Sánchez 105 .229 9 4 18 .302 .759
Carlos Correa 102 .265 15 2 12 .336 .718
Luis Arraez 99 .313 12 1 9 .414 .808
Byron Buxton 98 .235 23 11 19 .318 .940
Ryan Jeffers 87 .207 11 3 11 .289 .657
Nick Gordon 73 .247 8 0 2 .286 .587
Gilberto Celestino 60 .350 8 0 3 .409 .826

Royals Players to Watch

  • Andrew Benintendi has an OPS of .757, fueled by an OBP of .361 to go with a slugging percentage of .396. All three of those stats rank first among Kansas City hitters this season.
  • Among all qualified hitters in the majors, Benintendi’s batting average is 17th, his on-base percentage ranks 29th, and he is 92nd in slugging.
  • Whit Merrifield is batting .200 with a .271 slugging percentage and 17 RBI this year.
  • Among all qualified hittersplayers, Merrifield is 149th in batting average, 168th in on-base percentage and 162nd in slugging percentage.
  • Hunter Dozier has 37 hits and is batting .287 this season.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has been key for Kansas City with 31 hits, an OBP of .267 plus a slugging percentage of .400.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 155 .200 15 2 17 .237 .508
Bobby Witt Jr. 140 .221 18 4 16 .267 .667
Andrew Benintendi 139 .302 12 2 16 .361 .757
Hunter Dozier 129 .287 16 4 11 .328 .801
Nicky Lopez 118 .220 12 0 5 .308 .571
Carlos Santana 86 .128 8 2 7 .286 .519
Kyle Isbel 46 .283 6 0 3 .292 .640
Emmanuel Rivera 43 .256 8 2 8 .304 .839
MJ Melendez 42 .286 4 2 4 .348 .848
Ryan O’Hearn 36 .167 2 1 5 .225 .475

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