Ervin Santana vs Andy Pettitte matchup featured in MLB action
Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees Odds
The Kansas City Royals will look to grab a road win when they take on the Yankees in New York at Yankee Stadium on Thursday in baseball odds action.
Ervin Santana, with a record of 5-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Royals, while the Yankees trot Andy Pettitte to the mound in this one. He is 6-6 so far in 2013.
Bettors looking to side with the Yankees in this matchup found them as -130 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 8.5 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.
The Yankees - Royals odds would favor the Royals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. New York is rated No. 8 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Kansas City is at No. 4 in the American League.
How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between New York and its American League No. 12-rated batting order, averaging 3.9 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 11 lineup of the Royals at 4 runs per outing.
New York owns the American League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Kansas City's American League No. 3-rated defense.
The Royals were an 8-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -138 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors. Kansas City didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-1 to New York on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing NY Yankees are 2-8
After a loss are 7-3
New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
A few Royals at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Kansas City is 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games when playing Kansas City
NY Yankees are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games at home
NY Yankees are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games
Kansas City at Cleveland, Friday, July 12
NY Yankees home to Minnesota, Friday, July 12