Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Picks and Predictions May 28th 2024

Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals MLB Tue, May 28, 19:40 pm.
Minnesota Twins
ML: 100
Kansas City Royals
ML: -120

Relentless Royals, Streaking Twins Clash in Division Matchup

The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals are set to continue their thrilling division rivalry with the second contest of a four-game series in Minneapolis. Both teams are riding high on recent performances, making this matchup one to watch closely.

Simeon Woods Richardson’s Strong Start

Twins’ Ace in the Making

Simeon Woods Richardson has been a revelation for the Twins this season. With a 1-0 record and a solid 2.57 ERA, Woods Richardson has only allowed 10 earned runs in seven starts. His consistency is remarkable, allowing two runs or fewer in six of those outings. The 23-year-old pitcher from Sugar Land, Texas, looks to continue his impressive form against a formidable Royals lineup.

Challenging the Royals

The Royals, despite their narrow loss in the series opener, present a significant challenge. With a record 13 games above .500 and a plus-78 run differential, they are one of the strongest teams in the American League, second only to the New York Yankees. Woods Richardson will need to be at his best to contain the Royals’ potent offense.

Royals’ Relentless Comeback Attempt

A Near Comeback for the Ages

In the series opener, the Royals showcased their tenacity. Down 6-1 entering the ninth inning, they mounted a stunning rally, scoring four runs and coming within a whisker of a miraculous comeback. Bobby Witt Jr.’s ground out with runners in scoring position ended the game, but not before Kansas City demonstrated its never-say-die attitude.

Manager’s Praise

Royals manager Matt Quatraro praised his team’s effort and character. “It doesn’t surprise me at all,” Quatraro said. “We talk a lot about the character of these guys — how hard they work, how much they stay in it. It doesn’t surprise me. We put good at-bats together. Our guys didn’t give up. We gave ourselves a chance.”

Twins’ Recent Surge

Building Momentum

The Twins have found their stride, winning five of their past six games. Sitting five games above .500 with a plus-5 run differential, they are beginning to look like serious contenders. Trevor Larnach and Jose Miranda, who both hit home runs in the series opener, will be key players to watch.

Manager’s Confidence

Despite the close call in the ninth inning of the opener, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli remains optimistic. “We had a great day,” Baldelli said. “There were a lot of positives (Monday), setting that ninth inning aside and all the craziness there. There were a lot of good things that happened.”

Pitching Duel: Woods Richardson vs. Ragans

Woods Richardson’s First Career Start Against Royals

This matchup marks Woods Richardson’s first career start against Kansas City. His ability to adapt and perform against a new opponent will be critical for the Twins.

Ragans’ Dominance

On the mound for the Royals will be Cole Ragans, who has been in exceptional form. With a 4-3 record and a 3.34 ERA, Ragans has struck out 76 batters in 62 innings. His recent performances have been stellar, pitching 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts, allowing just three hits while striking out 19.

Ragans’ Record Against Twins

Ragans has a history against the Twins, with a 0-1 record and a 2.70 ERA in two starts. This includes the season opener where he pitched six strong innings but took the loss despite allowing only two runs.

Hot Bats to Watch

Maikel Garcia’s Hitting Streak

For the Royals, Maikel Garcia has been a standout at the plate. Extending his hitting streak to 14 games with a 2-for-5 performance in the opener, Garcia is proving to be a reliable hitter. His versatility in playing third base, second base, and shortstop adds significant value to the Royals’ lineup.

Manager’s Comments

Royals manager Matt Quatraro has high praise for Garcia. “He’s playing great baseball on both sides of the ball,” Quatraro said. Garcia’s performance will be crucial as the Royals look to bounce back in the series.


The second game of the series between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals promises to be a riveting contest. With Woods Richardson looking to continue his strong form and Ragans aiming to extend his dominance on the mound, fans can expect a high-quality pitching duel. Both teams have shown resilience and talent, setting the stage for an exciting matchup.

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Minnesota Twins
O 8
Kansas City Royals
U 8
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