New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/14
Kansas City Royals (77-61) at New York Yankees (72-66)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
James Shields (R) (12-7) (3.375) vs. Michael Pineda (R) (3-3) (2.093)
The Line: New York Yankees +101 / Kansas City Royals -111 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, YES
The Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees begin a three-game series Friday at Yankee Stadium.
The Kansas City Royals have won five of their last eight games and are 16 games above a .500 record. The Royals pitching staff is carrying the way, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.52, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Alex Gordon has homered four times in his last nine games and Salvador Perez has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. James Shields takes the mound, and he’s 12-7 with a 3.38 ERA and has 150 strikeouts in 192 innings. Shields is 9-16 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 career starts against the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees have split their last 10 games and are six games above .500. The Yankees offense has improved, producing four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Yanks have won eight of their last 10 when scoring more than three runs. Brian McCann has homered three times in his last 10 games and Derek Jeter has a four-game hitting streak. The New York Yankees have an ERA of 3.83, which is 19th in the majors. Starting is Michael Pineda, who is 3-3 with a 2.09 ERA and has 30 strikeouts in 43 innings. Pineda is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA in three career starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 23-5 in Shields' last 28 road starts and 35-17 in Shields' last 52 starts overall. The Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. American League Central and 1-4 in Pinedas last 5 starts overall. The Royals are 13-41 in the last 54 meetings in New York.
You see the Royals road numbers when Shields' takes the mound? Yeah. I'll have some of that.