In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, CC Sabathia (1-5, 5.20 ERA) and the New York Yankees (21-16) are in Kansas City to square off against Danny Duffy (2-2, 5.67 ERA) and the Royals (23-13). This is the second of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 12-1 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 16 and can be seen on PIX11 and FSN-KC.
Duffy pitched 3.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking six in an 8-2 defeat to the Rangers. Lorenzo Cain (.326, 26 Rs, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs, 6 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs and five RBIs. Sabathia is 18-11 with a 3.25 ERA against the Royals in his career. He takes on a good Kansas City offense that's batting .291. Mark Teixeira (.250, 18 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
Kansas City is a -116 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 +861 and a record as the favorite of 11-8. The Royals lead the AL in hits with an impressive 10.1 per game. Kansas City's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 4.8 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 +558. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 5-5 record SU. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 44 home runs. When it comes to issuing walks, the Yankees have the fourth-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Royals have a great 5-1 record at home (9-4 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Sabathia takes the mound. Duffy (LHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 5-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals won their last game by an 11-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Yankees are 1-1. The Royals are 1-0 in blowouts this season.
The Royals are 3-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 0-2 in such matchups.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Yankees are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 1-8. The Yankees have a 4-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 28 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with 44.
Ranking first in hits, Kansas City has earned 10.06 per game this season. New York ranks eighth with 8.53 hits.
Ranking eighth, New York is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.735). Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .785.
The Yankees are 12-10 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 12-8 when they allow at least one homer.