Ivan Nova (1-1, 5.14 ERA) and the New York Yankees (11-18) go up against Chris Young (1-4, 5.76 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (15-15) in the first of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and will air on FSKC and YES.
In his last start, Nova pitched 1.2 innings, giving up one run in an 8-7 loss to the Red Sox. Starlin Castro (.296, 8 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Royals were victorious over the Nationals 7-6 the last time Young pitched. He went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking one. Eric Hosmer (.336, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are Yankees -120 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
The Royals lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Yankees are 4-5. The Royals are 5-4 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, Kansas City is 5-6, while New York is 6-8.
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 5-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 11-5. The Yankees have a 10-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, New York ranks 29th with 101 runs and Kansas City is 27th with 102.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 69 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 91.
The Yankees are 9-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 12-7 when they hit at least one homer.