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Moneyline favors Yankees in battle with Royals

Kansas City RoyalsNew York Yankees
July 8, 7:05 PM | GrassYankee Stadium

Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees Odds

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The New York Yankees battle the visiting Kansas City Royals on Monday in MLB betting action at Yankee Stadium.

Jeremy Guthrie gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Royals on this day; he's 7-6 on the season. The Yankees, meanwhile, will counter with Philip Hughes, who will be looking to improve on his 4-7 mark.

View Kansas City vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Yankees as -145 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 9 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 8 (Yankees) and the No. 4 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 12-rated American League offense, averaging 4 runs per game, against a Royals defense that ranks No. 3 in the American League at 4 in runs allowed per game. The Yankees have averaged 8.1 hits per game so far, less than Royals batters have averaged on the year (8.8 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the American League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3.8 runs per game on the highway. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 15 in scoring at home.

The Royals were a 10-4 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Athletics. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -128 on the moneyline, while the total score (14) was good news for OVER bettors. Kansas City looks to rebound from a loss to the Athletics, who beat them 10-4 on Sunday behind a start from A.J. Griffin at Kauffman Stadium.

New York lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Orioles on July 7. Bettors who backed the Orioles at +117 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New York suffered a 2-1 loss against Baltimore on Sunday, as Hiroki Kuroda wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Yankee Stadium.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing Oakland are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Baltimore are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Royals at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 11 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games
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 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
NY Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Kansas City
NY Yankees are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Yankees' last 11 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games at home

Next up:
Kansas City at NY Yankees, Tuesday, July 9