The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals clash Sunday in game 3 of an MLB series at Kauffman Stadium. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
New York Yankees Betting Preview
The Yankees look for a win after winning 6 of their last 10 games. The Yankees are out of the playoff conversation. The Yankees pitching staff is 10th in ERA (3.99), 6th in WHIP (1.23) and 23rd in quality starts (48). The Yankees offense is 25th in runs per game (4.16), 29th in batting average (.226) and 8th in homers (219). Gleyber Torres leads the Yankees with 163 hits and 68 RBI, while DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Volpe have combined for 232 hits and 104 RBI. Michael King gets the ball, and he is 4-7 with a 2.50 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. King is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
Kansas City Royals Betting Preview
The Royals look for a win after winning 6 of their last 10 games. The Royals have the second-worst record in the AL. The Royals pitching staff is 28th in ERA (5.19), 23rd in WHIP (1.41) and 29th in quality starts (32). The Royals' offense is 24th in runs per game (4.18), 21st in batting average (.243) and 26th in homers (159). Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 175 hits and 96 RBI, while Salvador Perez and Maikel Garcia have combined for 263 hits and 129 RBI. Zack Greinke gets the ball, and he is 1-15 with a 5.18 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 4-5 with a 5.02 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are the better team, so they should be favored, but there's no motivation to win this game with both clubs bounced from the playoff race. That's why I'm leaning toward the Royals and the plus money. Not only are the Royals playing the better ball lately, but this could be Zack Greinke's last start of a Hall of Fame career. He hasn't announced this will be his last season, but Greinke is a shell of himself, and he'll be 40 years old in 3 weeks. I expect the Royals to be motivated to put together a win for Greinke if this is it. Give me the home dog.