Royals vs. Yankees - 5/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (21-14) at Kansas City Royals (22-13)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
M Pineda (5-0) (2.72) vs. C Young (2-0) (0.78)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +104 / New York Yankees -114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: PIX11, FSN-KC
The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series Friday night.
The New York Yankees look for a win after losing four of their last six games. The Yankees have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Yankees have lost four of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jacoby Ellsbury leads New York with 48 hits and six RBI while Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez have combined for 49 RBI. The New York Yankees have lost five of their last seven games on the road. Michael Pineda gets the nod, and he’s 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. Pineda is 2-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Royals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Royals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 46 hits and 29 RBI while Kendrys Morales and Lorenzo Cain have combined for 40 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have split their last six games on their home field. Chris Young takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Young is 2-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 8-1 in Pinedas last 9 starts. The Royals are 35-16 in their last 51 during game 1 of a series and 20-7 in their last 27 games as an underdog. The Yankees are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Kansas City and 77-34 in the last 111 meetings overall.
Michael Pineda is coming off the game of his life in which he struck out 16 batters. He's been great all season long. I'm siding with the Yankees here.