New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals Game 1- 7/28/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (31-70) at New York Yankees (64-36)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Brad Keller (3-4) (3.20) vs. C Sabathia (6-4) (3.51)
The Line: New York Yankees -290 / Kansas City Royals +260 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, WPIX
Out at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees will be continuing their weekend MLB series.
In the Thursday opener, the Yankees jumped out to a 6-0 lead after four innings and cruised to a 7-2 win while Friday's affair was postponed to be made up as part of a double-header on Saturday.
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For Saturday’s opening game, the Royals will be sending out RHP Brad Keller. In his 70.1 innings and 3-4 record this year, Keller has a 3.20 ERA with 44 Ks and 29 BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Royals this season is Whit Merrifield, who entered this set on 114 hits, 47 runs and 32 RBI. On Thursday, Merrifield picked up a pair of hits.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re going with CC Sabathia on Friday. Across 100.0 innings and a 6-4 record this year, Sabathia has a 3.51 ERA with 77 Ks and 29 BBs.
Giancarlo Stanton leads the Yankees in hitting this year, and he came into this series on 110 hits, 61 runs, 23 homers and 60 RBI. In the opener, Stanton picked up an RBI.
The Royals are 4-0 in the last four in game two of a series and 2-7 in their last nine Friday games. KC is also 2-6 in Keller’s last eight starts and 0-4 in his last four road starts.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 39-18 in their last 57 in game two of a series. New York is 21-6 in Sabathia’s last 27 home starts and 2-5 in his last seven Friday starts.
Keller has had a couple of rough outings over his past handful of starts, and has given up 12 earned over his last three. As for Sabathia, he hasn’t been all that sharp either with nine earned over his last 10.2 innings. The Yankees have stumbled out of the break, and with the Red Sox playing lights out ball, New York really has to step it up and dominate this series. They certainly have a talented enough roster to do it. I’ll go with the Yanks here, even though the line is crazy thick.