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New York Yankees take on Royals in baseball test

New York YankeesKansas City Royals
Aug 17, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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The Kansas City Royals look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Yankees arrive at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday.

Bartolo Colon, with a record of 8-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Yankees, while the Royals trot Bruce Chen to the mound in this one. He is 7-5 so far in 2011.

View NY Yankees vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Royals as +155 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 9-ranked Royals and the American League No. 1-rated Yankees in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 6 ranked American League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Yankees defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 2 in the American League at 3.9 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 9.3 hits per game, more than the Yankees have managed so far this season (9.1 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, New York owns the American League's No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 3.8 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

The Yankees were a 9-7 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -156 on the moneyline, while the total score (16) was good news for OVER bettors. New York got the job done in their last match in a 9-7 victory over Kansas City on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium behind starter Ivan Nova.

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

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

A few Yankees at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Yankees' last 7 games
NY Yankees are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
NY Yankees are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of NY Yankees' last 17 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Kansas City's last 17 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
Kansas City is 7-14 SU in their last 21 games when playing NY Yankees
Kansas City is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
NY Yankees at Minnesota, Thursday, August 18
Kansas City home to Boston, Thursday, August 18