New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals Odds - Free Picks

May 18, 8:15 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Yankees -115 / Royals +105

The 24-13 New York Yankees will go at it again tonight versus the 16-23 Kansas City Royals in the final game of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri tonight. The first pitch at Kauffman Stadium is scheduled for 8:15 PM ET. The host Royals are the underdog here with the Yankees a slight -115 favorite. The O/U line for this game is list on most betting boards at 8.5 runs.

In Game 2 of this series yesterday the Yankees beat the Royals 11-7. In the game the Yankees scored 11 runs on 16 hits and the Royals scored seven runs on 11 hits. In the 4th and 5th inning the Yankees combined to score nine runs.

This season the Yankees rank 4th in the Majors in runs scored and 5th in team ERA.

The Royals rank 30th in the Majors in runs scored and 12th in team ERA.

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Pitching Match Up

New York: Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 4.19 ERA)
Kansas City: Danny Duffy (2-3, 3.38 ERA)

Jordan Montgomery gets the call for the Yankees in this series finale and he gave up four earned runs in six innings in his last start, which was a 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros. New York has lost three of his last four starts and in that span he has given up 23 innings and has given up 11 earned runs. Montgomery is a rookie and on the season he has 33 strikeouts in 34 innings of work.

Danny Duffy goes for the Royals tonight and in his last start he gave up two earned runs in seven innings in a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The Royals had lost his previous four starts where he gave up no earned runs in two of the losses not getting run support and in the other two starts he gave up six earned runs in each game. Duffy’s last two starts have been at home where he has totaled 13 innings and only giving up three earned runs. Kansas City has won 10of Duffy’s last 14 home starts facing a team with a winning record and 19-7 in their last 26 home games with him on the hill overall.

Betting Angles

The Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Royals in Kansas City.

In the last 9 games between these teams the Over record is 8-1.

In the last 5 games between these teams in Kansas City the Over record is 4-1.

This season the Royals are 11-9 at home and the Yankees are 9-7 on the road.

Straight Up / Over/Under / Run Line Records

New York Yankees: 24-13 SU / O/U 23-14 / Run Line W/L 25-12
Kansas City Royals: 16-23 SU / O/U 14-23 / Run Line W/L 16-23

New York at Kansas City Key Betting Trends

  • NYY is 8-1 in their last 9 road games
  • NYY is 11-2 in their last 13 games vs. a left-handed starter
  • NYY has an Over record of 12-5 in their last 17 games
  • KC is 10-25 in their last 35 games following a loss
  • KC is 6-14 in their last 20 home games vs. a left-handed starter
  • KC has an Under record of 15-5 in their last 20 home games

Key Player Injuries

[CF] 05/17/2017 - Jacoby Ellsbury "?" Thursday vs. Kansas City Royals ( Undisclosed )
[P] 05/14/2017 - Aroldis Chapman 10-day DL (5/13) ( Rotator Cuff )
[1B] 05/03/2017 - Greg Bird 10-day DL (5/2) ( Ankle )
[1B] 04/02/2017 - Tyler Austin 60-day DL (4/02) ( Ankle )

[P] 03/31/2017 - Brian Flynn 60-day DL ( Ribs )
[3B] 04/02/2017 - Hunter Dozier 60-day DL (4/2) ( Oblique )
[P] 05/06/2017 - Ian Kennedy 10-day DL (5/5) ( Hamstring )

New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals Prediction

The Yankees have taken the first two games of this series where they have outscored the Royals 18-8. They have won three of their last four games overall and they are in first place in the AL East with a 1.5 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles. Montgomery did not have the best last start and luckily he faces a Royals lineup that ranks dead last in the Majors in runs scored. The Royals have won four in a row before this series began and while they are in the basement of the AL Central they are still only five games out of first place. Duffy has been solid in his last two outings and he will have another good one tonight. In a low scoring affair his start will be the reason the Royals will win and avoid the series sweep.

Free Pick: 
Take the Royals +105

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