New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (16-17) at New York Yankees (13-19)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
I Kennedy (4-2) (2.13) vs. N Eovaldi (2-2) (4.78)
The Line: New York Yankees -125 / Kansas City Royals +115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, YES
Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium, we’ve got series finale action between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees.
This will be game four of a lengthy set. The Yankees took games one and two by a combined 16-10 score. In Wednesday’s game three, the Royals scored four times in the first inning and cruised to a 7-3 victory.
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The Royals will be going with right-hander Ian Kennedy for Thursday’s game. Kennedy has been pretty tough over his six starts and 38 innings, accumulating a 2.13 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP with a 4-2 record. On Saturday in his most recent start, Kennedy logged seven shutout innings against the Indians with six strikeouts.
The Royals have a few standout hitters on their roster. Eric Hosmer has posted 41 hits with 17 runs, while Alcides Escobar has 36 hits with 10 runs. Mike Moustakas has hit seven home runs with 13 RBI to his credit as the team’s power man. Moustakas is currently on the shelf with an injured thumb, however.
Over on the Yankees side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the hill. Over six starts and 37.2 innings for a 2-2 record this year, Eovaldi has posted a 4.78 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP. When we last saw him on Saturday against the Red Sox, Eovaldi was great in eight innings of two-run ball.
The familiar Yankees lineup has fought off injury and age all year. Starlin Castro has put up 34 hits with 10 runs, and Carlos Beltran has slapped seven homers with 15 RBI. Brian McCann has played quite well on 26 hits, 18 runs and 14 RBI. McCann went 0-for-4 with an RBI on Wednesday.
The Royals are 7-1 in their last eight Thursday games, and 21-7 in their last 28 game fours of a series.
As for the Yankees, they’re 14-6 in Eovaldi’s last 20 starts overall, and 7-0 in Eovaldi’s last seven starts against the American League Central.
I like both pitchers here, but I’ll give a slight edge to Kennedy and the Royals. That said, it should be a close game and I feel like the under is the safest play.