The New York Yankees take their act to Missouri, as they pay the Kansas City Royals a visit for a three-game inter-division date. Going into the event, the Yankees are favored at the sportsbook for game-one. Read on for a preview of this series below.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals Regular Season Series Running from May 18-20, 2018
Where: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Game 1 Friday, May 18, 8:15PM EST
Game 2 Saturday, May 19, 7:15PM EST
Game 3 Sunday, May 20, 2:15PM EST
Line: New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: FSKC
Game 1: May 18, 8:15PM EST
Starters: CC Sabathia (2-0, 2.23 ERA) vs. Jakob Junis (4-3, 3.53 ERA)
CC Sabathia looks to get his third win of the season while also keeping slate clean as he toes the rubber in the series opener. Sabathia last took to the mound on May 5 at home and walked with a no-decision after giving up four earned runs on nine hits in four innings of a 5-4 home loss to the Red Sox. The under is 3-0 in Sabathia’s last three road starts. The Royals, meanwhile, will counter Sabathia with 25-year-old Jakob Junis, who took the loss in a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Indians on the road on May 12 in which he allowed four earned runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of action. He did strike out seven hitters, though.
The Royals are 7-1 in their last eight home games against Sabathia.
- The current set of Royals hitters has a collective batting average of .198 against Sabathia.
- The current set of Yankees hitters owns a collective .325 batting average opposite Junis.
Yankees win, 5-3.
Game 2: May 19, 7:15PM EST
Starters: Luis Severino (6-1, 2.14 ERA) vs. Danny Duffy (1-5. 6.51 ERA)
Luis Severino has simply been amazing for the Yankees so far this season. In fact, the Yankees have gone undefeated in each of his last six starts, including his home outing on May 13 in which the right-handed hurler tossed six innings of one-run ball while striking out seven in a 6-2 win over Oakland. As for the Royals, they’ll have Danny Duffy, who crashed and burned in his last mound duty on May 13 in an 11-2 road loss to Cleveland. Against the Indians. Duffy allowed nine earned runs on nine hits (two homers) in just 3.1 innings.
The over is 2-1 in Duffy’s last three home starts.
- The Royals’’ current roster only has a .143 batting average against Severino.
- The Yankees’ current roster only has a .162 batting average against Duffy.
Yankees win, 7-2.
Game 3: May 20, 2:15PM EST
Starters: Sonny Gray (2-3, 6.39 ERA) vs. Eric Skogland (1-3, 5.58 ERA)
Sonny Gray was last seen on the mound giving up five earned runs on nine hits (2 homers) in only 5.0 innings of a 10-5 loss to his former team, Oakland, at home on May 11. The under us 7-2-1 in Gray’s last 10 road starts. Skogland, on the other hand, is pitched well on May 14, albeit in a 2-1 home loss to Tampa Bay, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits in 7.2 frames of mound action.
The Royals are 2-1 in Skoglund’s last three home starts.
- Abraham Almonte is 4-for-8 against Gray.
- The Yankees are batting .245 against lefties this season as of this writing.
Yankees win, 5-3.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
The New York Yankees sweep the Kansas City Royals in this May’s three game series.
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