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Royals open as moneyline underdog vs Yankees

Kansas City RoyalsNew York Yankees
May 22, 7:05 PM | GrassYankee Stadium

Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees Odds

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Yankee Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the New York Yankees and the visiting Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

Luke Hochevar, with a record of 3-4 on the season, gets the ball for the Royals, while the Yankees trot Philip Hughes to the mound in this one. He is 3-5 so far in 2012.

View Kansas City vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Yankees as -170 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 9.5.

Power Rankings:
The Yankees - Royals odds would favor the Yankees if the lines were set according to our power ranks. New York is rated No. 5 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Kansas City is at No. 7 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and New York has the American League's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 9 hits per game. The Royals average 9 hits per game, good for No. 3 on the American League list.

Kansas City brings the American League's No. 9-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Yankees' league No. 11-ranked defense.

The Royals were a 6-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +152 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. Felipe Paulino chucked 6 2/3 shutout innings at the Yankees in their last game, striking out 8 in a 6-0 win against New York in baseball action at Yankee Stadium.

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

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Royals at Yankees trends to consider:
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games when playing Kansas City
NY Yankees are 15-8 SU in their last 23 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at NY Yankees, Wednesday, May 23

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