Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.02 ERA) and the New York Yankees (67-62) are in Kansas City to go up against Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.55 ERA) and the Royals (68-62) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the first of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and will air on FSKC and YES.
In his last start, Gee pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs and striking out three in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins. Kendrys Morales (.248, 45 Rs, 20 HRs, 58 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run. The Yankees were also unsuccessful the last time Pineda pitched. He struggled, going 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, striking out six and walking two in a 7-5 loss to the Mariners. Carlos Beltran (.288, 58 Rs, 24 HRs, 73 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Yankees, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Royals, who allow only 4.1 runs per game. The Royals are fifth in the AL in hits allowed with just 8.5 per game.
New York has been playing better lately, averaging 5.8 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.3. New York's pitching staff has allowed an average of 3.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.3. They also allow just 2.5 walks per game, the best in the AL.
The Yankees are 3-1 against the Royals this season. The Royals will take on a right-hander (Pineda) in this game and have a 52-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Gee will take the mound against the Yankees, who have a 50-42 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
When leading after seven innings, New York is 36-30, while Kansas City is 25-29.
The Yankees didn't score any runs in their last game. The Royals have a 6-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 52-17. The Yankees have a 52-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Kansas City ranks 26th with 520 runs and New York is 21st with 552.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 306 this season. New York ranks near the bottom at 25th with 365.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 46-34. When the Yankees hit at least one homer, they have a 50-33 record.