The New York Yankees are in Kansas City tonight for the first game of a three game series with the Royals. The Yankees have owned the Royals over the past half decade or so winning 77 of the last 111 meetings but the Royals really sucked for a long time and this is not the Royals from a few years ago. The Royals have actually won 4 of the last 6 meetings so the tide is turning in this series.
Head to Head Trends
Yankees are 77-34 in the last 111 meetings.
Under is 20-9 in the last 29 meetings in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals are 1st in the American League Central 1 game ahead of the 2nd place Detroit Tigers. The Royals picked up this season where they left off last season, getting great pitching and winning games but this season they are also hitting the ball well averaging close to 5 runs per game.
Starting for the Royals today is Chris Young who 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in a couple starts and a few relief outings so far this season. Young is like the Rodney Dangerfield of starting pitchers he gets no respect. Last season the Mariners were 17-12 in games Young started and he was an underdog in 12 of those wins so he made a lot of money for bettors like myself who bet him most starts.
Kansas City Royals Trends
Royals are 18-7 in their last 25 home games.
Royals are 19-8 in their last 27 vs. a team with a winning record.
New York Yankees (-126)
The New York Yankees are 1st in the American League East just a game up on the Tampa Bay Rays. After getting off to a slow start losing 4 of their first 5 games this season the Yankees quickly turned things around winning 20 of their next 28 games but after losing their last 3 in a row it looks like the they’re coming back down to earth.
On the hill for the Yankees today is Michael Pineda who is 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA on the season. Pineda has been having a great season he actually struck out 16 batters in his last start but he also threw 111 pitches which is the most he has even thrown in a start so maybe he might not have his best stuff today.
New York Yankees Trends
Yankees are 8-1 in Pinedas last 9 starts.
Yankees are 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
I like the Kansas City Royals over the Yankees in this one. My favorite underrated pitcher is starting for the Royals so I like that plus the Yankees are looking like they might be in a bit of a down swing and there’s also the pitch factor for Pineda so all that together makes the Royals look like a solid play here.
Free Pick: Kansas City Royals +116 at the top sportsbooks.