Royals vs. Yankees - 8/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (67-63) at Kansas City Royals (69-62)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Masahiro Tanaka (11-4) (3.16) vs. E Volquez (10-10) (4.94)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +117 / New York Yankees -127 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The New York Yankees look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Yankees have scored 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last seven games. The New York Yankees offense has been consistent over the last week, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 131 hits, Didi Gregorius has 60 RBI and Chase Headley has 12 home runs. Masahiro Tanaka gets the nod, and he’s 11-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. This will be Tanaka’s second career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look to keep rolling after winning 13 of their last 15 games. The Royals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Kansas City Royals offense has been on fire during their stretch, and they’ve won 11 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 140 hits, Eric Hosmer has 79 RBI and Salvador Perez has 20 home runs. Edinson Volquez takes the hill, and he’s 10-10 with a 4.88 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 47-22 in Tanakas last 69 starts. The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East and 22-8 in Volquezs last 30 home starts. The Yankees are 84-37 in the last 121 meetings.
Even with Tanaka pitching for the Yankees, the Royals are playing way too well right now to turn down plus money. Kansas City is the hottest team in the bigs and showing its heart of champions as it continues to climb up the playoff standings. I'll take the Royals at home.