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Jason Radowitz shares his prediction and pick for tonight's matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twin.
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Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins Prediction: How Will Daniel Lynch Fare in Second Start?

The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals don't have many high expectations coming into the season. The Royals are a young group that has a flashy lineup with little production. Meanwhile, the Twins underachieved last season and are already starting off this season with a losing record. But despite both teams choking the season away, one team has to win tonight's game. Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Wednesday's game between the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals.

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Royals vs. Twins Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: April 20, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BSKC/BSNO

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Royals vs. Twins Injury Report

Royals

Questionable: C Salvador Perez (Eye), Carlos Santana (Undisclosed)

Twins

Questionable: OF Byron Buxton (Knee) Out: 1B Alex Kirlloff (Wrist)

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Royals vs. Twins Line Movement

Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins Prediction

Daniel Lynch will get his second start of the season for the Royals after allowing six runs and three home runs in his 2022 debut. The left-hander had to face an all right-handed lineup against the Cardinals and gave up nine hits with 14 fly balls to just three ground balls. Dating back to last year, Lynch has a 5.72 xFIP with 18.5% strikeouts and 9.3% walks. He's not getting a whole lot of strikeouts and is also allowing 22.1% line drives. Lynch dominates lefties but righties have a .392 wOBA and ISO of .222. In the Twins lineup, there will be at least eight righties in the lineup. Byron Buxton could miss today's game with a knee injury, but if he's back, it's an even better idea to back the Twins. The Twins have right-handed power from Jorge Polanco, Kyle Garlick, and Gary Sanchez to name a few. Minnesota is also waiting on Carlos Correa to get hot. Once he gets going and Buxton gets healthy, this offense will be dangerous, especially against lefties. On the other hand, Chris Paddack will get the start for the Twins. He's got so much potential but just hasn't been the same pitcher since his rookie season. Paddack keeps the walks down but won't get a whole lot of ground balls either. Despite being a righty, Paddack has struggled more against righties dating back to last season, allowing a .371 wOBA and ISO of .226. He's actually dominated lefties, oddly enough. With that said, I don't trust Paddack to dominate but I do trust the Twins' offense. Minnesota should be able to get three runs off Lynch through five innings. So I'll take that bet.

Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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