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Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees - 5/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Yankees (28-12) at Kansas City Royals (13-30)
Date & Time Saturday May 19, 2018, 7:15 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Kansas City Royals +220 / New York Yankees -230 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
FS-Kansas City, YES
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The New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals square off in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Saturday.

The New York Yankees will look to rebound after being stunned in the series opener by a final score of 5-2 on Friday. Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar accounted for the lone Yankee runs in the loss, while Aaron Hicks went 3 for 4 and Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 4 at the dish. Brett Gardner and Gleyber Torres each added a base knock as well as none of the Yanks’ eight hits went for extra bases in the loss. CC Sabathia took the loss, falling to 2-1 this season after giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits while walking four and striking out five over five innings of work. Luis Severino will start game two and is 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. In his career, Severino is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 7 strikeouts against Kansas City.

The Kansas City Royals will look to build some steam after pulling off an upset in the series opener on Friday. Salvador Perez led the charge, going 2 for 3 with a homer, a double and three RBIs. Hunter Dozier added an RBI as well, while Whit Merrifield went 3 for 4 with a double. Alcides Escobar added a base knock as well as the Royals mustered up just six hits as a team in the victory. Jakob Junis got the win after giving up both runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings of work, improving to 5-3 this season. Kelvin Herrera notched his 9th save of the year by closing out the 9th. Danny Duffy will start game two and is 1-5 with a 6.51 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Duffy is 3-2 with a 4.89 ERA and 35 strikeouts against the Yankees.

New York is 23-5 in Severino’s last 28 starts and 7-1 in their last 8 road games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter. Kansas City is 1-9 in Duffy’s last 10 starts and 7-19 in their last 26 games against the AL East while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. New York is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.

I think this is one of the easier picks on Saturday’s slate of games if we’re being honest. The Yankees are obviously a better team than what we saw on Friday, and Severino has been one of the best pitchers so far this year. The Yankees are 8-1 in Severino’s 9 starts this season, with six of those wins beating the run line. To say that Duffy has struggled is being extremely generous, as he’s allowed four or more runs in four of his last five starts, including nine runs in just 3.1 innings last time out. I think this is a game that could get ugly for the Royals so I’ll back the Yankees to take game two by a couple of runs on Saturday.

Pick:
New York Yankees -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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