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Yankees continue set in Kansas City

The New York Yankees will continue their road series in Kansas City on Saturday night as the American League clubs hit the diamond at Kauffman Stadium in MLB betting action at the books.

And the Royals are expected to send James Shields to the mound on Saturday, with the righthander settling for a no-decision in his last start after holding the White Sox scoreless over eight innings. Kansas City has won three of Shields' seven starts.

Andy Pettitte, with a record of 3-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Yankees.

View NY Yankees vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Royals as -134 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Royals at No. 4 in the American League and the Yankees at No. 5 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Kansas City owns the No. 5 ranking for hits in the American League at 9.1 per game. By contrast, the Yankees are rated No. 8 in the same category at 8.6 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Yankees own the American League's No. 4 mark in runs allowed.

The Yankees were a 11-6 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got New York at +103 on the moneyline, while the total score (17) was good news for OVER bettors. The Yankees grabbed a win last time out, defeating Wade Davis and the Royals 11-6 on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing NY Yankees are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

A few Yankees at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games on the road
NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Kansas City
NY Yankees are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Kansas City's last 23 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games at home

Next up:
NY Yankees at Kansas City, Sunday, May 12