The New York Yankees (32-17) will face the Kansas City Royals in the first game of a three game weekend series at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees are looking to keep it rolling after winning 14 of their last 17 games. They currently sit atop the AL East with a two game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays, and just got finished sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in a four game series at Camden Yards.
On the other hand, the Kansas City Royals currently own the worst record in the AL Central and are 16 games behind the first place Minnesota Twins. They just split a doubleheader on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, where the Royals won the first game 8-2 but lost the second game 10-3. In the game one win, Jorge Soler had three RBIs and a home run, Adalberto Mondesi had a triple and two RBIs, and Hunter Dozier had two RBIs of his own. Brad Keller got the win on the mound after allowing two runs on two hits over seven innings of work to improve to a 3-5 record on the season. In game two, Dozier hit a solo home run while Mondesi and Soler each added RBI’s to round out Kansas City’s scoring in game two. Homer Bailey took the loss and fell to 4-5 after allowing five runs in only 1.2 innings of work.
Today, Jakob Junis will start for Kansas City and he’s 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees. The Yankees are 24-7 in their last 31 games while going 5-0 in their last five road games. Kansas City is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 5-13 in Junis’ last 18 starts against a team with a winning record. The Yankees are 86-39 in the last 125 meetings between them and Kansas City including a 6-2 record in their last 8 meetings at Kaufmann.
Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees, 5/24/19 2:15 PM ET Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO, TV: Kansas City (FSKC), New York (YES) – Radio: New York (610 Sports), New York (101.9 The Fan)
Royals Starting Lineup
Due to Tuesday’s game being rained out, Kansas City was forced to played a doubleheader on the road against the Cardinals on Wednesday. The Royals won the first game but lost the second game of the doubleheader. In the opening game, Jorge Soler hit his 11th home run in what a six-run third inning, while Brad Keller (3-5) got the win on the mound. Keller threw a very efficient seven innings allowing only two runs on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts. In the later game, Hunter Dozier hit his 10th homer of the year while Homer Bailey (4-5) got shelled early and couldn’t even make it to the third inning. Bailey gave up five runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in only 1.2 innings of work.
Today, Jakob Junis will make his 11th start of the year for the Kansas City. So far this season he’s 3-5 with a 5.69 ERA, a 1.500 WHIP, 21 walks and 47 strikeouts over 55.1 innings of work. He did lose his last outing in a 6-3 road loss Sunday against the Angels. He did throw for seven innings but allowed four earned runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts. In Junis last three starts, he’s 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, nine walks and 13 strikeouts over 16.2 innings pitched. Today will also mark Junis fifth career start against the Yankees, in which he owns a 1-3 record with a 6.43 ERA, a 1.667 WHIP, six walks and 12 strikeouts over 21 innings of work. At Kauffman Stadium, his career stat line is 10-9 with a 4.55 ERA, a 1.314 WHIP, 46 walks and 158 strikeouts over 172 innings in 31 career appearances.
Yankees Starting Lineup
Yesterday against Baltimore, the Yankees let a four-run lead slip away late before going on to score the winning run in the ninth. That was New York’s fifth consecutive win, and they currently sit 2.5 games over Tampa Bay in the AL East. Luke Voit scored two runs and was the only Yankee that collected two hits yesterday. Voit hit his 12th homerun while Clint Frazier knocked hit his ninth home run into Camden Yards. On the mound, Masahiro Tanaka threw for six innings allowing only one run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. He was in line for the win before the bullpen blew it away. That allowed Tommy Kahnle (2-0) to come in relief to earn a win despite pitching for only one inning of relief. He allowed only one run on one hit with no walks and two strikeouts, followed by Zack Britton coming in the ninth to pick up his second save.
Today Chad Green will take the mound for the Yankees likely as the opener, marking his 15th appearance and second start of the season. Green’s season stat line is 0-2 with a 12.41 ERA, a 2.108 WHIP, five walks and 13 strikeouts in 12.1 innings of work. In his last relief outing, he threw a scoreless inning allowing no hits with no walks and two strikeouts in what was a 7-5 Yankees victory over Baltimore on Wednesday. In seven career relief appearances over Kansas City, Green has no record with a 4.91 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, two walks and 12 strikeouts over 7.1 innings. However, he’s done extremely well at Kaufmann in his two career relief appearances. He has a 0.00 ERA, a 0.50 WHIP, no walks and a whopping eight strikeouts over four innings.
Royals vs Yankees Betting Odds
The line is currently set at Yankees -160 Royals +150 with the over/under being currently set at 10 runs. Junis has allowed five runs in his last three starts and has struggled with the Yankees throughout his career. Both teams are heading in completely different directions with the Royals struggling to win while the Yankees have been nearly unstoppable over the last couple of weeks. Gleyber Torres has been on fire and I would expect him to keep swinging a hit bat.
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