New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:15 PM (Kauffman Stadium)
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The New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals meet in game one of a three game weekend set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Friday night.
The New York Yankees will look to keep their momentum going after winning five straight and 14 of their last 17 games after sweeping their four game set with Baltimore following a 6-5 win in the series finale on Thursday. Gio Urshela had two RBIs while Luke Voit had a solo home run and a double. Clint Frazier added a solo homer of his own while Austin Romine and Aaron Hicks each had RBIs as well in the victory. Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner each had base hits to cap off New York’s offense as a team in the win. Masahiro Tanaka gave up one run on five hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tommy Kahnle got the win to improve to 2-0 on the year while Zack Britton picked up his 2nd save of the season. Chad Green will start game one and is 0-2 with a 12.41 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Green’s first career start against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to rebound after settling for a split of their doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Game one saw the Royals pull out an 8-2 win while dropping game two by a final score of 10-3. Game one saw Jorge Soler have three RBIs and a home run while Adalberto Mondesi had a triple and two RBIs and Hunter Dozier had two RBIs of his own. Game two saw Dozier hit a solo home run while Mondesi and Soler each added an RBI as well to round out KC’s scoring in the second half of the double dip. Brad Keller got the win in game one after allowing two runs on two hits over seven innings of work to improve to 3-5 while Homer Bailey took the loss in game two, falling to 4-5 after allowing five runs in 1.2 innings of work. Jakob Junis will start the opener and is 3-5 with a 5.69 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. In his career, Junis is 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA and 12 strikeouts against the Yankees.
New York is 24-7 in their last 31 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Kansas City is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 5-13 in Junis’ last 18 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2-1 in Junis’ last 8 starts against a team with a winning record. New York is 86-39 in the last 125 meetings between these two teams and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
I’m not reading too much into Green’s ERA as a lot of it has come with a couple of runs allowed in an inning of relief and this is probably going to be a bullpen game for New York. On the other side, Junis has allowed five runs in each of his last three starts and has had a lot of trouble dealing with the Yankees in his career. These teams are also heading in two completely different directions, with the Royals struggling to put wins together while the Yankees have been nearly unstoppable over the last couple of weeks. I expect the price to be steep, but it’s either Yankees or pass for me in this one.