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MLB Odds, Expert Picks & Predictions: Twins vs. Royals Betting Preview (Thursday, September 22)

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  • The Royals host the Twins on Thursday afternoon and are looking to finish off a sweep.
  • While Kansas City is simply looking to play well down the stretch, the Twins are fighting for a spot in the postseason.
  • Jules Posner previews the matchup below.

Twins vs. Royals Odds

Twins Odds -135
Royals Odds +110
Over/Under 8.5
Time 2:10 p.m. ET
TV MLB.TV
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute MLB odds here.

As the Minnesota Twins’ playoff hopes continue to slip away, the Kansas City Royals have been like vultures circling overhead, looking to pick at the Twins’ carcass.

The Royals will look to complete a sweep of the Twins on Thursday afternoon and ice Minnesota’s playoff hopes for good. Jonathan Heasley will be tasked with putting the Twins away, while Josh Winder will try to get Minnesota back on track.

Both teams have sub-.500 records over the past 10 games, but considering the magnitude of each Twins’ loss, they need to make a statement Thursday.

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Minnesota Twins: Where has the Offense Gone?

Josh Winder has battled shoulder trouble for most of the summer, but is looking to finish his 2022 campaign strong. Winder has not pitched particularly well since returning from the Injured List as he’s posted an ERA over six and a FIP over seven.

There is a good chance he won’t be long for this match up and the Twins’ bullpen has been a middle-of-the-pack unit over the past two weeks. Despite having some talented arms, they’ve been relatively inconsistent all season.

Furthermore, the Twins’ usually reliable offense has been below average over the past couple of weeks against right handers on the road. Typically, Minnesota’s offensive production has been a constant, but during the recent skid downfall, the offense has not been able to step up and carry the team.

Kansas City Royals: Is Strong Finish a Sign of Things to Come?

Jonathan Heasley has really struggled at home this season and his peripherals are pretty scary across the board. His FIP and xFIP are both over five at home and on the road, but his home ERA is over six. That’s high!

Speaking of high, that is the kind of note the Royals are looking to end their season on! The Kansas City offense has been a bit of a disappointment this season, but with the youth movement in full effect, the Royals have shown flashes of productivity lately.

Additionally, the Royals’ bullpen has also put together a nice September after struggling for most of the season.

Twins-Royals Pick

This match up is a weird one because everything about it stinks. Usually when there’s a pitching match up I don’t like, that means the potential for offense is there. However, neither offense is that great in its given situation.

The total is set at 8.5 and the Twins and Royals have combined for nine and seven runs so far this series. Making matters worse is both the over and the under are a coin flip at -110 odds. I’m gonna go ahead and pass on this game because it’s just too hard to make a call.

Pick: Pass

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