In the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (69-63) and the New York Yankees (68-63) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Ian Kennedy (9-9, 3.57 ERA) and Luis Cessa (4-0, 4.11 ERA) take the mound. The Yankees won the last game 5-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and will air on FSKC and YES.
In his most recent outing, Kennedy pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox. Kendrys Morales (.251, 48 Rs, 21 HRs, 61 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Yankees were also victorious the last time Cessa pitched. He tossed 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 14-4 victory over the Orioles. Carlos Beltran (.291, 60 Rs, 25 HRs, 75 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Kansas City, a -147 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against New York. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 32-12 record and have an overall money line of +1,141. They have SU record of 8-2 and are unbeaten as the favorite (3-0) over their last 10 games. Teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Royals, who allow only 4.2 runs per game. The Royals don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the AL with only 8.5 hits allowed per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Yankees come into this game with a win percentage of .411 when playing as the underdog (23-33) and an overall money line of -132. Over the last 10 games, the team is unbeaten as the underdog with a perfect 2-0 record and 6-4 SU. New York has been playing better lately, averaging 5.9 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.3. Switching gears to New York's pitching staff, they allow just 2.5 walks per game, best in the AL.
The Yankees have mostly come out on top against the Royals in their previous six games this season, earning a 4-2 record. This game will feature Cessa (RHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 53-46 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Yankees will be the right-hander Kennedy. They sport a 50-43 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Yankees won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Royals are 20-16. The Yankees are 21-9 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, New York is 36-31, while Kansas City is 26-29.
The Yankees are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 24-24 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 53-17. The Yankees have a 53-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Kansas City ranks 26th with 532 runs and New York is 21st with 562.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 311 this season. New York ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 372.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 47-35. When the Yankees hit at least one homer, they have a 51-33 record.