Twins vs Royals – Game Preview – May 22, 2022
Minnesota Twins (24-16, first in AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (14-25, fourth in AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT
LIKELY TO PITCH: Twins: Bailey Ober (1-1, 2.75 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 16 strikeouts); Royal family: Brady Singer (0-0)
BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals look to end their three-game home slide with a win over the Minnesota Twins.
Kansas City is 8-14 in home games and 14-25 overall. The Royals have the 10th-ranked team batting average in the AL at .232.
Minnesota is 24-16 overall and 13-8 at home. The Twins are 17-1 in games where they have more hits than their opponents.
The teams meet on Sunday for the sixth time this season. The Twins lead the season series 3-2.
TOP PERFORMERS: Whit Merrifield has six doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs while hitting .201 for the Royals. Hunter Dozier is 13 for 36 with two doubles and a home run over the last 10 games.
Byron Buxton has five doubles and 11 homers for the Twins. Luis Arraez is 11 for 29 with three doubles in the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 4-6, .275 batting average, 5.50 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
Twins: 6-4, .260 batting average, 3.90 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 points
INJURIES: Royals: Ronald Bolanos: 15-day IL (undisclosed), Michael A. Taylor: 10-day IL (illness), Salvador Perez: 10-day IL (thumb), Edward Olivares: 10-day IL (quadricep) , Cam Gallagher: 10 day IL (hamstring), Jake Brentz: 10 day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 10 day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60 day IL (shoulder)
Twins: Josh Winder: IL 15 days (shoulder), Miguel Sano: IL 60 days (knee), Chris Paddack: IL 60 days (elbow), Danny Coulombe: IL 15 days (left hip), Jhon Romero: IL 60 days ( biceps), Trevor Larnach: IL 10 days (groin), Jorge Alcala: IL 60 days (elbow), Randy Dobnak: IL 60 days (finger), Kenta Maeda: IL 60 days (elbow)
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.