Chris Young (2-0, 0.78 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (22-13) take on Michael Pineda (5-0, 2.72 ERA) and the New York Yankees (21-15) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 15 and can be seen on PIX11 and FSN-KC.
Young is 2-1 with a 4.97 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts against the Yankees. Eric Hosmer (.333, 22 Rs, 7 HRs, 29 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Pineda is 2-2 with a 1.65 ERA when pitching against the Royals. He takes on a good Kansas City offense which is hitting .287 this season. Jacoby Ellsbury (.348, 27 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base.
New York is a narrow -114 favorite over Kansas City. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +861 and have shown high-level performance as an underdog this season with a record of 11-5. Kansas City has gone 3-1 in its last 10 as underdog. The Royals lead the AL in hits with a phenomenal 9.9 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 the other locker room, New York is coming in with an overall money line of +692 and an impressive record of 11-6 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 4-1 record, and a 5-5 record SU. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third 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 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The Royals have a 13-9 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Pineda takes the mound. Young (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a very good 16-9 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 9-5, while New York is 8-9.
The Kansas City batters brought in a solid 14 hits last game. New York has a record of 0-2 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 1-8. The Yankees have a 4-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks in the bottom half of the league at 20th when it comes to home runs, hitting 28 this season. New York ranks in the top five at third with 44.
Kansas City ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.94 per game this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.63.
Ranking seventh, New York is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.741). Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .775.
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.