MLB Game Preview - Royals underdogs vs Yankees at New York
Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees Odds
Baseball bettors look for value at Yankee Stadium on Thursday as host New York battles the Kansas City Royals in baseball odds action.
New York sends Ivan Nova out against Sean O'Sullivan for the Royals in this game. Nova is 3-1 with a 3.90 ERA on the season, while O'Sullivan is 1-1 on the year and has a 2.16 ERA.
Sportsbooks had set the Yankees as -210 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 9.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Yankees at No. 5 in the American League and the Royals at No. 8 in the American League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 1-rated American League offense, averaging 5.2 runs per game, against a Royals defense that ranks No. 10 in the American League at 4.5 in runs allowed per game. The Yankees have averaged 8.4 hits per game so far, less than Royals batters have averaged on the year (9 hits per game).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and New York has the American League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 10 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Yankees on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +195 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kansas City needed extra innings to get the job done against the Yankees on Wednesday as the Royals defeated them 4-3 at Yankee Stadium.
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Detroit are 3-7
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
A few Royals at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
Kansas City is 6-12 SU in their last 18 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games at home
NY Yankees are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when playing at home against Kansas City
NY Yankees are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home
Kansas City at Detroit, Friday, May 13
NY Yankees home to Boston, Friday, May 13