Michael Pineda (1-3, 5.73 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (2-2, 4.65 ERA) take the hill in the third of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (13-18) and the Kansas City Royals (15-17) at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 10-7, and New York leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 11 and can be seen on FSKC, YES and ESPN.
Pineda pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 win over the Red Sox. Starlin Castro (.297, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs. Ventura went 4.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking five in a 7-1 defeat to the Indians in his most recent start.
The odds for New York and Kansas City are Yankees -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now.
The Yankees have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
When leading after seven innings, New York is 8-8, while Kansas City is 5-8.
The Royals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are heading in with a 6-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 2-15. The Royals have a 3-10 record when opponents outhit them.
New York and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. New York sits at 21st with 30 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 23rd with 29.
Ranking 24th, New York is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.84 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.53.
New York and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. New York sits at 25th with an OPS of .683, and Kansas City ranks 23rd with an OPS of .693.
The Royals are 8-12 when they allow at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 8-13 record.