Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.29 ERA) starts for the New York Yankees (12-18) as they square off against Kris Medlen (1-3, 6.85 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (15-16) in the second of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 6-3, and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 10 and can be seen on FSKC and YES.
Tanaka pitched 8.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 1-0 defeat to the Orioles. Starlin Castro (.296, 8 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Medlen went 2.0 innings, surrendering nine runs (three unearned), striking out two and walking one in a 13-2 defeat to the Nationals in his last outing. Eric Hosmer (.336, 16 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for New York and Kansas City are Yankees -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Yankees have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
Kansas City has won 42% (5-7) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 47% (7-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Yankees have a 2-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 11-6. The Yankees have a 10-2 record when outhitting opponents.
New York and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. New York sits at 25th with 107 runs this season and Kansas City ranks 27th with 105.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 71 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 92.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 10-9. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 12-8 record.