Kansas City vs New York MLB Odds Preview

Posted by Aaron . on May 11, 2016 in

On Thursday night, the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals wrap up their four-game series in the Bronx. The Royals (15-17) are still in the throes of their World Series hangover and sit in third place in the American League Central, and they have dropped the first two games in this series, 6-3 on Monday and 10-7 on Tuesday. After a dreadful start, the Yankees have risen to 13-18 after winning two of three from Boston last weekend and the first two against Kansas City. Find the latest MLB betting odds here.

Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees MLB Odds Preview

When: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:05 PM Eastern time
Where: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
TV: YES, FSKC
Radio: KTRB 860 AM San Francisco
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Ian Kennedy (4-2, 2.13 ERA) (KC) vs Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 4.78 ERA) (NY)

 

 

Why should you bet on Kansas City?

The Royals send Ian Kennedy to the hill to start the game, and he was terrific in his last outing against Cleveland, shutting out the Tribe for seven innings and posting six strikeouts. His two losses have been a result of poor run support rather than poor pitching, as his low ERA attests. Also, Lorenzo Cain finally seems to be coming out of his slump, as he pounded three home runs in the Royals’ losing effort on Tuesday night. If he can keep seeing pitches well, the Royals’ offense should take off.

Why should you put your money on the Yankees?

Nathan Eovaldi was spectacular in his last start against the Red Sox, permitting just two runs and six hits in eight innings to get the win, and hitting 100 on the radar gun multiple times with his fastball. He also took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Rangers in a series earlier this season. Despite the homer-heavy Royals lineup, no Royals hitter has taken Eovaldi deep in their career. The Yankee offense seems to finally be waking up, despite the fragility of Mark Texieira.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Kennedy to control the Yankee offense, and I don’t think that Royals hitters — who smacked the fastball-heavy Mets pitchers around in last year’s World Series — will have trouble with Eovaldi’s offerings. I’m predicting a 5-2 Royals win.