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MLB Game Preview - Yankees underdogs vs Royals at Kansas City

New York YankeesKansas City Royals
May 12, 2:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals Odds

22-13TEAM RECORD18-15

The Kansas City Royals will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the New York Yankees invade Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.

Hiroki Kuroda gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Yankees on this day; he's 4-2 on the season. The Royals, meanwhile, will counter with Ervin Santana, who will be looking to improve on his 3-1 mark.

View NY Yankees vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Royals as -135 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Royals rated this week at No. 4 and the Yankees sitting at No. 5.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 10 ranked American League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Yankees defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 in the American League at 3.9 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 9 hits per game, more than the Yankees have managed so far this season (8.6 hits on average).

New York brings the American League's No. 4-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Royals' league No. 5-ranked defense.

New York won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Royals on May 11. Bettors who backed the Yankees at +150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New York got the job done in their last match in a 3-2 victory over Kansas City on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium behind starter Andy Pettitte.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Kansas City are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing LA Angels are 4-6
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 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games on the road
NY Yankees are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Kansas City
NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 10 games when playing NY Yankees
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Yankees

Next up:
NY Yankees at Cleveland, Monday, May 13
Kansas City at LA Angels, Monday, May 13