Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/9/14
New York Yankees (31-30) at Kansas City Royals (30-32)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Vidal Nuno (L) (1-2) (4.500) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (5-2) (3.282)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -125 / New York Yankees +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSN-KC
The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals will end their four-game series on Monday.
The Yankees drop back to a .500 record after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Yankees pitching ERA of 4.05 hasn’t exactly helped, but a lineup that has produced three or fewer runs in eight of their last 12 games has been the key difference in this brutal stretch. The Yankees are 7-20 when scoring three or less runs. Jacoby Ellsbury has a 13-game hitting streak going and Brett Gardner has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Vidal Nuno takes the mound, and he’s 1-2 with a 5.33 ERA and has 42 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. This will be Nuno’s first career game against the Royals.
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The Royals are one game within a .500 record and have won five of their last seven games. The Royals offense continues to struggle, but has scored 10 runs in their last two games and are 25-4 when scoring more than three runs. Alex Gordon has scored 10 runs in as many games and Lorenzo Cain has seven hits in his last five games. Jason Vargas will start, and he’s 5-2 with a 3.28 ERA and has 62 strikeouts in 85 innings. Vargas is 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in eight career games against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 5-0 in Nuno's last 5 road starts and 0-5 in Nuno's last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Royals are 4-1 in Vargas' last 5 starts as a home favorite and 4-1 in Vargas' last 5 starts as a favorite. The Yankees are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.
It's tough to back the Yankees with the way they've been playing over the last week. That's why I'm going with the home team for the decent price.