The Minnesota Twins are coming off a pretty big weekend. Games that showed off lopsided scores for both teams were in full supply. Minnesota put up runs in bunches against the Tigers, and then gave them back in the latter half of the series. Now, the Twins head to Kauffman Stadium to take on the Kansas City Royals.
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In game one, the Twins will send Ricky Nolasco to the mound to face off with Danny Duffy of the Royals. Nolasco has been shelled recently going 0-3 with a 9.20 ERA across his last three starts. He needs a turnaround performance in the worst way. Duffy has been reliable for the Royals going 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA across his last three contests.
Phil Hughes will take the mound in game two for the Twins and he will face off against the Royals young phenom, Yordano Ventura. Hughes has been great of late going 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA across his last three contests. He has also posted five straight quality starts. Ventura is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA across his last three contests.
For the final game of the series, Tommy Milone will face off with Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals. Milone has struggled with the Twins since the trade which sent Sam Fuld to the Athletics. In his 11.2 innings, he is 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA. Guthrie has been largely mediocre of late going 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA across his last three outings.
Offense will once again be key for the Twins. Oswaldo Arcia, Kennys Vargas, and JOE Mauer have all been hot over the last week. When the Royals traveled to Target Field recently, Josh Willingham burned his former team plenty as well.
Look for the Twins to get a turnaround performance from Nolasco in game one, and a strong performance in game two from Phil Hughes. Despite the Royals being 7-3 across their last 10, look for the Twins to take two games and the series.
First pitch Tuesday night from Kauffman Stadium is at 7:10pm central time.