Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/6/14
New York Yankees (29-29) at Kansas City Royals (28-31)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Chase Whitley (R) (0-0) (2.368) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (2-5) (4.004)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -109 / New York Yankees -101 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSN-KC
The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals will begin a four-game series on Friday night.
The Yankees have lost six of their last nine games and are only one game above a .500 record. The reason for the Yankees slump has been their pitching staff that has allowed five or more runs in six of their last nine games. That’s not going to fly with a Yankees squad that struggles to score runs. Offensively, Carlos Beltran is back in the lineup and Jacoby Ellsbury is riding a 10-game hitting streak. Chase Whitley gets the nod, and he’s 0-0 with a 2.37 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 19 innings. This will be Whitley’s first career game against the Royals.
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The Royals are playing some of their best baseball of the season, winning five of their last eight games. While the Royals aren’t known as an offensive team, they have scored six or more runs in four of their last eight games. Alex Gordon has homered three times in his last seven games and Lorenzo Cain has 12 hits in his last nine games. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.87. Jeremy Guthrie gets the ball, and he’s 2-5 with a 4.00 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. Guthrie is 5-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 18 career games against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Royals are 4-1 in Guthrie's last 5 starts as a favorite and 0-4 in Guthrie's last 4 starts vs. American League East. The Yankees are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Kansas City.
I like the way Whitley has pitched this season and the Yankees lineup should get a boost with Beltran back in. Give me NY for the cheap price.