NY Yankees at Kansas City MLB Prediction & Betting Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on May 17, 2017 in

The New York Yankees (23-13) wrap up a midweek series in Kansas City against the Royals (16-22) on Thursday night. New York has won two of three, including a 7-1 shellacking of the Royals in the series opener on Tuesday night. The Royals had won six of seven going into that loss but seem to be turning around some of the problems that beset them early on in the season.

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NY Yankees at Kansas City MLB Prediction & Betting Analysis

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8:15pm ET
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
Radio: New York / Kansas City
Live Stream: MLB.tv
Pitching Matchup: Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 4.19 ERA) (NY) vs Danny Duffy (2-3, 3.38 ERA) (KC)

Why should you bet on the Yankees?

Jordan Montgomery took a hard-luck loss against the Houston Astros his last time out, despite striking out seven batters and walking just one. None of the Royals have ever faced Montgomery, which should give him an advantage at least the first time or two through the order, especially since the Royals have not shown anything approaching the punch that Houston’s offense has shown. The Yankees continue to swing hot bats, as Gary Sanchez slammed a three-run shot and Chris Carter sent a two-run blast into the night in the Yankees’ win on Monday night.

Why should you put your money on the Royals?

Danny Duffy does have three losses so far this season, but he has not gotten much in the way of run support. His 3.38 ERA tells a better story of his season than his win-loss record. In his last start on Friday, he went seven innings, permitting just a pair of runs and striking out eight against Baltimore. Despite the fact that Kansas City has not produced runs in bunches, they have been timely — in a three-game sweep of the Orioles over the weekend, Kansas City won each game by a single run.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Royals do seem to be waking up from that early-season malaise. However, the fact that four different Yankees have homered off Duffy in their careers — and that doesn’t include Aaron Judge, who has yet to face him at the plate — tells me that New York will get plenty of pitches to hit. I predict a 6-3 win for the Yankees.