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Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees Game 1 - 5/25/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals
Date & Time Saturday May 25, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line
Kansas City Royals +119 / New York Yankees -129 O/U: 9.5
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The New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals will meet up on the MLB circuit Saturday to continue their series in game one of a doubleheader.

The Friday opener of this set was pushed back due to thunderstorms in the forecast, and the teams will try to get both games in Saturday. Tentative start times are 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM ET.

For Saturday’s game one, the Yankees will be sending out lefty JA Happ. So far this year, Happ owns a 3-3 record with a 5.16 ERA and 40 strikeouts.

Leading the way for the Yankees’ offense this year is DJ LeMahieu, who is sitting on 56 hits, 31 runs, four homers and 25 RBI. Gleyber Torres is close behind on 54 hits, 29 runs, 12 homers and 26 RBI.

Over on the Royals’ side, they’re going with Jakob Junis in the game one start Saturday. Along with his 3-5 record so far this season, Junis has a 5.69 ERA with 47 Ks.

Tops on offense for KC this season is Whit Merrifield on 59 hits, 38 runs, six homers and 23 RBI. Adalberto Mondesi is second with 56 hits, 28 runs and 40 RBI.

The Yankees are 5-0 in their last five road games and 5-1 in their last six versus the AL Central. New York is 24-7 in their last 31 overall and 37-15 in their last 52 Saturday games.

Meanwhile, the Royals are 2-5 in their last seven overall and 1-4 in their last five home games. KC is 16-38 in the last 54 versus the AL East and the over is 8-2-1 in their last 11 Saturday games.

Happ has been pretty solid overall for New York this year, but he’s had a couple of real stinker outings as well. In his last game in Baltimore, Happ put up six earned on nine hits in 3.2 innings, and he’s given up at least three earned in three of his last four.

As for Junis, he’s given up 13 earned over his last three starts in a period of 16.2 innings and is 0-3 in that span.

KC is fully capable of winning this game if Junis can bounce back, but with a relatively limp potential payoff for taking the dog, I have to go with the better team here and that’s the Yankees.

New York Yankees -129

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