Royals vs. Twins Best Bet and Prediction for MLB Opening Day on Thursday, March 28

Cole Ragans takes the mound against Pablo Lopez and the Twins on Opening Day
Cole Ragans takes the mound against Pablo Lopez and the Twins on Opening Day / Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

It's a beautiful day in Kansas City as the 2024 MLB season officially gets underway on Thursday, March 28 at 3:10 PM CT with Cole Ragans taking on Pablo Lopez.

Fittingly, the weather has been dreary over the last week but we've got clear skies today, an apt metaphor for what Royals fans hope this season will become. After a 56-win season in 2023, Kansas City has legitimate playoff aspirations behind Ragans, Bobby Witt Jr. and the rest of the young core.

As we hopefully launch a new era of Royals baseball, let's take a look at today's updated odds before I give my best bet for the game.

Royals vs. Twins Odds, Spread and Total

Royals vs. Twins Best Bet and Prediction

The success of this season will largely hinge on Cole Ragans' performance. He has legitimate Cy Young buzz entering the year after one of the best 12-start stretches in franchise history to close 2023, and he's looked even better than advertised in the spring.

Ragans had a 3.19 FIP (fielding independent pitching) last year while ranking in the 89th percentile in fastball velocity and 85th in expected batting average. He'll face a stiff test today against Lopez, who had a 3.33 FIP and ranked in the 93rd percentile in expected ERA. Bobby Witt Jr., Vinnie Pasquantino and Maikel Garcia need to have strong days at the plate, but I've got faith in Kansas City's young offensive core.

This is the moment the Royals have been waiting for. The Twins are favored to win the AL Central, but Kansas City can start the year with a statement victory behind Ragans and Witt Jr.

The Royals faced Lopez in April last year, knocking him around for eight hits and six runs in six innings. I don't think they'll have that much success offensively, but getting a few runs across the plate should be enough if Ragans keeps his form.

With a much-improved bullpen and a healthy offense, this team can accomplish big things. Take the Royals as underdogs to start the year with a win and earn a season-opening win over Minnesota.

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