Minnesota Twins (72-67) vs. Kansas City Royals (68-69)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 7th, 8:15 pm EST
Kyle Gibson (9-10, 5.33 ERA) vs. Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 4.62 ERA)
Line: Minnesota -107
The Twins and Royals kick off a huge four game series on Thursday night. The Twins are currently tied with the Angels for the second and all important wild card spot while the Royals are three games out and if they want to make a run, this will be the series they will have to get it going with. These two teams have seemingly been within a few games for the last several months, with both teams hoping to catch the Indians.
That is no longer on the table as Cleveland has won 13 straight games and the Twins are 10.5 games back while the Royals are 13.5 out. The Twins broke a three game losing streak on Wednesday, defeating the Rays by a score of 10-6.
Gibson looks to even record
The Minnesota Twins were having a good year in spite of Kyle Gibson for most of the year. Now he has turned it around and they are winning big games that he has been pitching. At one point, he was 6-10, but he has won three straight starts and pitched well in all of them. He’s gone a total of 19.2 innings in the three wins and allowed only three earned runs total, winning very important games along the way.
He is now up t0 9-10 on the year and he’s managed to lower his ERA to 5.33. That may not sound that impressive, but for a guy whose ERA was over six for a big party of the year, that is an achievement. To get back to 10-10 and .500 would be quite an achievement as well.
Gaviglio looks to win big game for the Royals
Sam Gaviglio will be making his 13th appearance and 12th start on Saturday night. He had been very good for most of the year, but has been roughed up in his last two starts, giving up 12 earned runs and losing both starts. He’s actually lost four straight starts now, but he has pitched well in the previous two losses.
He is now 3-5 on the season and he hasn’t won since mid June. His ERA is all the way up 4.62 when it had been from the high two’s to mid three’s for most of the season. Home runs have been a problem lately, giving up nine over his last six starts. That will be the first time he’ll have to limit on Thursday.
The Minnesota Twins are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
- 1-7 in Santana’s last 8 Thursday starts.
The Kansas City Royals are:
- (no trends available)
The Royals are hanging on by a thread and I think they need these games more than the Twins. I think they play a good series and take three of four, and that includes taking the opener on Thursday night.