Kansas City Royals (32-38) vs. New York Yankees (38-33)
June 22, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: New York Yankees -275 / Kansas City Royals +245; Over/Under: 8
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The Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees meet in MLB action from Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Kansas City Royals will look to build on a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in their last game. Whit Merrifield and Jarrod Dyson each had two RBIs with Merrifield belting a two-run home run and Dyson adding a double. Salvador Perez and Hunter Dozier each had an RBI as well with Dozier going 3 for 5 at the dish with a double. Adalberto Mondesi had a pair of doubles while Nicky Lopez added three hits and Carlos Santana chipped in a pair of hits as well in the winning effort. Mike Minor got the win, climbing to 6-4 on the year after allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out six over 6.2 innings of work. Brady Singer will start here and is 3-5 with a 4.76 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. This will be Singer’s first career start against the Yankees.
The New York Yankees will try to build on their narrow 2-1 win over the Oakland A’s in Sunday’s series finale. All three of New York’s hits in the win were doubles, with Gary Sanchez putting up a pair of doubles and both of the Yankees’ RBIs while DJ LeMahieu added a two-bagger as well. The rest of the Yankee lineup went 0 for 20 with 14 strikeouts in the win. Jordan Montgomery went 5.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Jonathan Loaisiga got the win to improve to 7-2 on the year while Aroldis Chapman closed the 9th for his 16th save. Gerrit Cole will start here and is 8-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. in his career, Cole is 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 34 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 6-2 in their last 8 series-opening games and 3-12 in their last 15 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against the AL East. New York is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 20-7 in their last 27 games against the AL Central while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. The over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
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Gerrit Cole hasn’t been a pitcher I’ve been eager to back and laying thick prices or even the run line with the Yankees is tough at times considering how badly they’ve played at times this season. however, the Yankees are clearly the team in better from right now and they have their ace on the mound in Gerrit Cole who just dominated Toronto in his last start. I just don’t think that the Royals will be able to snap out of their slump in this spot, especially with Cole throwing darts on the other side. Give me the Yankees on the run line here.