Kansas City Royals (28-15) at New York Yankees (22-21)
|Date & Time||Monday May 25, 2015, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Yankees -125 / Kansas City Royals +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5
FS-Kansas City, YES
The New York Yankees play host to the surging Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon.
The Kansas City Royals were a great team in 2015 and so far the argument could be made that they are even better. The Royals absorbed a rare loss in a 6-1 defeat to visiting St Louis although they have still won eight of eleven. Starter Yordano Ventura gave up four runs on five hits over seven innings with Luke Hochevar allowed two more. That was too much for the offense to overcome on six hits and a walk that produced an RBI single from Salvador Perez that plated Alex Gordon.Jeremy Guthrie opens the series on the mound against the Yankees. Guthrie is coming off his best start of 2015 with a 7-1 victory over Cincinnati where he tossed a five hit shutout over six frames.
The New York Yankees have been struggling and the wins have been hard to find which has the team falling out of first in the American League East. Things didn’t improve Sunday with a 5-2 loss to visiting Texas which saddled the Bronx Bombers with defeats in ten of 12. Chris Capuano’s second start off the disabled list wasn’t a good one with three runs scored (two earned) on eight hits through 4.1 innings while Justin Williams gave up two runs. The offense didn’t provide much help on six hits and two free passes with Brian McCann rapping a two run single in the first.Nathan Eovaldi opposes Kansas City for the first time this season. Eovaldi has struggled the last two trips to the hill with a combined nine run scored on 13 hits and four BB over 11.2 innings.
Kansas City are 21-7 in their last 28 games as an underdog and the over is 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series while the Royals are 45-20 in their last 65 overall. The under is 6-2 in the Yankees last 8 Monday games and the over is 17-8-3 in New York’s last 28 games as a favorite. Kansas City are 15-42 in the last 57 meetings in New York and the Royals are 36-78 in the last 114 meetings. I’m not totally sold on Guthrie but I am sold on his team…