Ian Kennedy (4-2, 2.13 ERA) takes the hill for the Kansas City Royals (16-17) as they square off against Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 4.78 ERA) and the New York Yankees (13-19) in the last of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Royals won the last game 7-3, and New York leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 12 and can be seen on FSKC and YES.
Eovaldi pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and striking out six in an 8-2 win over the Red Sox. Carlos Beltran (.261, 16 Rs, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Kennedy went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 7-0 win over the Indians in his most recent start. Eric Hosmer (.328, 17 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds for New York and Kansas City are Yankees -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Yankees lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
When leading after seven innings, New York is 8-9, while Kansas City is 6-8.
The Royals are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Yankees have a record of 1-3 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 12-6. The Yankees have an 11-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, New York ranks 24th with 120 runs and Kansas City is 25th with 119.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 78 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 99.
The Yankees are 10-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 13-9 when they hit at least one homer.