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MLB Betting: Royals vs. Yankees

The Royals began their series with the Yankees with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games in New York and they'll try to keep that surprising success going tonight when they clash in the second game of a three-game series.

Vin Mazzaro (0-0) gets the start for the Royals and A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.71) will get the ball for the Yankees. Its Mazzaro's first start of the season after pitching last year for Oakland. Burnett took the loss against Detroit in his last outing after giving up five runs on three hits in seven innings.

View Kansas City vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-205 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 9.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Yankees sit at No. 5 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Royals sit at an American League No. 8 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, New York owns the No. 10 ranking for hits in the American League at 8.2 per game. By contrast, the Royals are rated No. 3 in the same category at 9.1 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. 11 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 3-1 loser on the road against the Yankees. Bettors on New York at -200 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in Kyle Davies' start, as they lost 3-1 against New York on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

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

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

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

Next up:
Kansas City at NY Yankees, Thursday, May 12