The Minnesota Twins continue their road trip after splitting a four-game series in Boston. The series against Kansas City will be the first time two AL Central foes have met up in 2022. The Royals won the season series in 2021 10 games to nine. On paper, the Twins are the better team, but the teams are just one game apart in the win-loss record. The Twins come into the game at 4-6, while the Royals are 3-5. The Royals most recently lost a series 1-2 to the Detroit Tigers.
Tuesday (7:10 CT): RHP Chris Archer (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 K’s, 4.0 IP) vs RHP Carlos Hernandez (0-0, 8.31 ERA, 1 K, 4.1 IP)
Wednesday (7:10 CT): RHP Chris Paddack (0-1, 6.75 ERA, 3 K’s, 4.0 IP) vs LHP Daniel Lynch (0-1, 10.80 ERA, 7 K’s, 5.0 IP)
Thursday (1:10 CT): RHP Joe Ryan (1-1, 2.70 ERA, 11 K’s, 10.0 IP) vs RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 2.45 ERA, 1 K, 11.0 IP)
Games will be streamed on MLB.TV all season long, which is free for T-Mobile customers. You can also watch the game in Twins territory on Bally Sports North. However, Tuesday’s game will be played on CW 23 in Minnesota due to the Timberwolves and Wild being on BSN. Twins fans can listen along with Corey Provus and Dan Gladden on the Treasure Island Baseball Network. Royal’s faithful can watch the games on Bally Sports Kansas City. The radio audio will be on AM KCSP 610 all season long.
Minnesota Twins Injuries
The Minnesota Twins will be without star starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, who is on the 60-day IL recovering from Tommy John surgery. They will also be without pitcher Randy Dobnak who is on the 60-day IL. Jorge Alcala has landed on the 10-day IL with an enflamed throwing elbow. Top prospect Alex Kiriloff has been placed on the 10-day IL with a recurring wrist issue which caused him to miss most of 2021. Starter Sonny Gray, who was acquired this off-season, has been placed on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain after his start in Boston. Star outfielder Byron Buxton is also expected to miss at least one game, but there is hope he can return sometime in Kansas City. Buxton is not on the injured list, and will not be placed on the IL barring a setback.
The Royals are relatively injury-free, with the only injury the squad is battling with RP Tyler Zuber. Zuber is on the 60-day IL, and he will remain there for the next few months. Zuber is battling a shoulder injury. Pitcher Jon Bowlan is day-to-day with an elbow issue.
Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Prediction
On paper, the Twins have the better lineup, the better starting rotation, and the better bullpen. However, this was also true in 2021, but the Twins could not beat inferior teams. If Byron Buxton returns sometime in Kansas City, then there is a good chance the Twins can sweep the series. However, it seems unlikely that Buxton will return, at least on Tuesday. Still, the Twins feature Carlos Correa who is easily the best player who will take the field for either side. The Twins enjoy the pitching advantage in games one and two, with Carlos Hernandez being one of the worst starters in the AL. Daniel Lynch may have a promising future, but he has yet to show anything at the MLB level.
Thursday’s afternoon matchup should be the best game in the series, with Royal legend Zack Greinke taking the mound against promising right-hander Joe Ryan. Joe Ryan was electric his last time out in Boston. Zack has been really good so far this young season, but he hasn’t been able to put hitters away with the strikeout. Twins fans should keep an eye on Bobby Witt, as he is one of the best prospects in the game. However, things have not gotten off to a great start at the dish for Witt.
Prediction: Twins win series 2-1.
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