New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (15-15) at New York Yankees (11-17)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
C Young (1-4) (5.76) vs. I Nova (1-1) (5.14)
The Line: New York Yankees -110 / Kansas City Royals +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees look to shake off a tough loss at home against the Red Sox last night as they welcome the defending champions Kansas City Royals to town on Monday night.
The Kansas City Royals look to rebound after a 5-4 loss on the road in Cleveland yesterday as they continue their trip to the Bronx to take on the struggling Yankees who are off to a terrible start in the AL East. The Royals are the defending champions and favourites to once again lay claim to the AL Central crown but they have some work to do as they are 15-15 in their first 30 games and haven’t quite looked like the team many expected to see this season. Kansas City will send Chris Young to the mound who will look to improve on his shaky 1-4 start as he matches up with Ivan Nova who is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA through his first few starts of the season.
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The Yankees have had a very slow start to the year and don’t really look like they are going to make significant progress any time soon, though they did welcome Aroldis Chapman to the team who will look to make an immediate impact with one of the league’s most dauting bullpens. The Yanks are 11-17 so far this season and while they are still in the mix thanks to a lackluster beginning from most of the other AL East opponents it looks like it could be a long season in the Big Apple for the Pinstripers as they are an aging group with a lackluster rotation.
The Royals are 15-6 in their last 21 games following a loss, 4-1 in Young’s last five starts when the team allows 5+ runs in their previous outing, but are 2-8 in their last 10 road games against a righty. The Yankees meanwhile are 1-5 in Nova’s last six home starts, 3-8 in their last 11 overall, and 5-12 in their last 17 when scoring two runs or less in their previous outing. The Yankees are a mess right now and couldn’t get up for the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball which gives me no confidence they will respond here against the Royals.