In the last of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (24-22) and the Kansas City Royals (24-22) at Yankee Stadium, Michael Pineda (5-2, 3.59 ERA) and Chris Young (4-0, 0.78 ERA) take the mound. The Yankees won the last game 5-1 and New York leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 27 and will air on FSN-KC and YES.
Pineda is 2-3 with a 2.76 ERA against the Royals in his career, but faces a strong Kansas City offense that's hitting .282 on the year. Mark Teixeira (.243, 24 Rs, 14 HRs, 35 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs. In his career against the Yankees, Young is 3-1 with a 4.35 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 22 strikeouts. Kendrys Morales (.301, 32 Rs, 6 HRs, 37 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
New York, a -143 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Kansas City. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Yankees are 12-11 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -154. They are 1-5 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Yankees come into the game with the AL's fourth-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.0 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Yankees rank third in the majors in home runs with 58. They have been very patient at the plate during home games, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of 3.4 walks per game. New York's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.7 during that span, compared to its 4.4 season average. The Yankees don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the AL with only 2.8 walks allowed per game.
Switching gears, the Royals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .667 when playing as the underdog (12-6) and an overall money line of +1,112. They sport the third-ranked offense in the AL, averaging four runs per game. The top hitting team in the AL are the Royals, who average 9.8 hits per game.
In their previous five games this season, the Yankees have a 3-2 record. The Yankees will take on a right-hander (Young) in this game and have a 17-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Royals will be the right-hander Pineda. They sport an 18-11 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
Kansas City recorded at least two errors for the sixth time this season.
When the Royals play into extra innings, they have a 3-0 record. The Yankees are 0-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Royals are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Yankees have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 1-12. The Yankees have a 4-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 33 this season. New York ranks in the top five at third with 58.
Ranking first in hits, Kansas City has earned 9.82 per game this season. New York ranks seventh with 8.44 hits.
Ranking ninth, New York is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.732). Kansas City ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .755.
The Royals are 12-12 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 13-16 when they allow at least one homer.