New York Yankees (21-16) at Kansas City Royals (23-13)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 17, 2015, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals -150 / New York Yankees +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5
FS-Kansas City, YES
The he New York Yankees shoot for a win against the Kansas City Royals in a battle of first place clubs.
The New York Yankees were not expected to be a challenger in the American League East but right now they are the top dog. The Yankees received a boost from CC Sabathia Saturday in a 5-1 win at Kansas City. Sabathia allowed the lone run on six hits over seven innings to get the win with the bats providing plenty of support. The bats mustered nine hits and walked four times with Chase Headley slamming a three run homer while Alex Rodriguez clubbed number nine on the year. Left hander Chris Capuano makes his first start off the disabled list against Kansas City. The veteran was 2-3 a season ago in 12 starts with a 4.25 ERA covering 65.2 innings of work.
The Kansas City Royals are running neck and neck with the Tigers and look like they will be battling the Tigers until the final week of the season. The Royals lost a game in the standings with Saturday’s defeat where both their starting pitching and offense were a non factor. Danny Duffy took the loss with four runs plated on four hits and four free passes through five innings. That was too much for the bats to compete with on their six hit attack. Mike Moustakas connected on a sacrifice fly to score Omar Infante with the lone run while Paul Orlando was 2-3 and the only player to reach base more then once. The Royals will be sending Edison Volquez looks to pick up a win against the visiting Yankees on Sunday. Volquez has struggled the last two trips to the mound with a combined seven runs plated on eight hits and nine bases on balls in eight frames.
The Yankees are 13-4 in their last 17 games on grass and the under is 11-5-2 in their last 18 overall while the over is 7-2 in Capuano’s last 9 starts overall. Kansas City are 19-7 in their last 26 home games and are 40-19 in their last 59 overall while going 40-19 in their last 59 games on grass. New York are 77-35 in the last 112 meetings. I’d be lying if I said I knew what Capuano was going to do but if I were to bet this I would take the better odds…