Edinson Volquez (2-3, 3.19 ERA) and Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (23-14) and the New York Yankees (22-16) at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 5-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 17 and can be seen on YES and FSN-KC.
Volquez pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking three in a 7-6 defeat to the Rangers. Lorenzo Cain (.323, 26 Rs, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Eovaldi went 7.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-2 defeat to the Rays in his last outing. Mark Teixeira (.252, 19 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Kansas City is a -135 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Royals have an overall money line of +966 and a record as the favorite of 11-8. The Royals lead the AL in hits with an impressive 10.2 per game. Kansas City's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 4.6 runs per game, well above its season average of 3.7.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 10-8 record and an overall money line of +443. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 4-6 record SU. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with 46 home runs. New York is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.1 per game, ranking fifth in the AL. When it comes to issuing walks, the Yankees have the fifth-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The Royals have a 14-9 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Eovaldi takes the mound. Volquez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 16-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Kansas City recorded at least two errors for the fifth time this season.
When the Royals play into extra innings, they have a 3-0 record. The Yankees are 0-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 0-5 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 20-4. The Yankees have a 14-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth in runs, New York has earned 171 this season. Kansas City ranks second with 186 runs.
Ranking 29th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 77 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 129.
The Royals are 15-6 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with an 18-9 record.