5) The Twins Pitchers Are Really Bad
Ok, let’s admit it. A big part of the KC Royals recent success was due to the Twins batting-practice pitching staff.
The Minnesota Twins pitchers have been getting bombed all year, ranking dead last in the AL with a 5.07 ERA and no. 29 in MLB ahead of the horrid Cinncinati Reds—who at least have the excuse of playing in the launching pad known as The Great American Ballpark.
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On the other hand, the Twins play in spacious Target Field which should be a pitcher’s best friend.
Even considering the poor quality of the opponent, the Kansas City Royals scored a full two runs per game more than average while playing at Target Field. They also beat up on the Twins best starter in former-Royal Ervin Santana, who came into the series with a good 3.13 ERA.
LIke I said before, banging out 41 hits and 22 runs in three games in really good against ANY major-league team.
The offense’s new potency will face a stiff test when THe KC Royals face off against the Chicago White Sox for four games at Kauffman Stadium starting Thursday. The White Sox boast the second best team ERA in the American league at 3.33 (trailing only the Mariners at 3.20). Chicago’s staff ranks no. 1 in the AL with 6.5 fWAR (Wins Above Replacement, Fangraphs) since they play in a crackerbox at U.S. Cellular Field.
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