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New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees
Date & Time Sunday April 21, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
The Line
New York Yankees -230 / Kansas City Royals +210 O/U: 8.5
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The Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees will meet up on the MLB diamond to finish their weekend set Sunday.

The two teams split the first pair of games in this set, then on Saturday the Yankees bats got going with a big 9-2 victory.

For the Sunday game, the Royals will be sending out RHP Jorge Lopez for the start. In his 23.0 innings and 0-2 mark this year, Lopez has a 4.30 ERA with 23 Ks and eight walks.

In Saturday’s loss, the Royals could only muster a half-dozen hits, and Lucas Duda was the lone KC player with two knocks. Whit Merrifield added a solo home run in the sixth inning, however.

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re going with James Paxton on Sunday. Over 23.0 innings and a 2-2 mark this season, Paxton has a 3.91 ERA with 31 Ks and seven walks.

In New York’s big Saturday win, the team hit four home runs (and had one taken back after a controversial review). Going yard for the Yanks in that one were Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu and Mike Tauchman.

The Royals are 8-23 in their last 31 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last five in game four of a series. KC is 0-5 in Lopez’s last five starts and 1-4 in his last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 1-7 in their last eight Sunday games and the over is 4-1 in their last five Sunday games. New York is 51-25 in their last 76 games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.

Lopez hasn’t been too bad over his first four starts this year, with four earned in each of two starts (both were losses), and three combined in the other two (each a no-decision).

Similarly, Paxton has a couple of good starts (one earned combined) and a couple bad ones (nine earned combined) on his resume this year. With all their injuries and age on the pitching staff, the Yankees need Paxton to be good right now, and I think he will be here. I’m going New York.

New York Yankees -230

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