Kansas City Royals (31-71) at New York Yankees (65-36)
|Date & Time||Sunday July 29, 2018, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Yankees -350 / Kansas City Royals +305 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The New York Yankees will be hosting the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium Sunday as the two teams finish up their MLB set.
The Yankees banged out a 7-2 win in the Thursday opener, then in the doubleheader Saturday KC took game one 10-5 and the Yankees got a win in the nightcap 5-4
For Sunday’s game, the Royals will be rolling out RHP Burch Smith. Across his 50.0 innings and 1-1 mark this year, Smith has a 5.58 ERA with 51 Ks and 24 BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Royals this year is Whit Merrifield, who entered the weekend on 116 hits, 47 runs and 32 RBI. On Saturday, Merrifield had a hit and a run in the afternoon game.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re sending out JA Happ for his first start with the team Sunday. This year over 114.0 innings and a 10-6 record, Happ has a 4.18 ERA with 130 Ks and 35 BBs.
New York’s leading hitter this season is Giancarlo Stanton, who came into the weekend on 110 hits, 61 runs, 23 homers and 61 RBI. On Saturday, Stanton ripped a two-run homer in game one.
The Royals are 4-1 in their last five in game four of a series and 1-7 in their last eight Sunday games. The under is 4-0 in KC’s last four in game four of a series and they’re 15-39 in their last 54 overall.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 23-7 in their last 30 versus the AL Central and 55-18 in their last 73 home games. The under is 4-1-1 in New York’s last six game fours of a series and they’re 57-28 in their last 85 overall.
Smith had a couple of rough starts this month with six earned in a 5.1-inning span, but he managed 6.1 innings with two earned against Detroit his last time out. As for Happ, he hasn’t pitched sine the 22nd but has allowed just one earned in his last 8.2 innings. This should be a fun one to watch; I’m going with Happ to start out his Yankee career with a bang, but you wouldn’t be crazy to take the Royals on a value pick since the line is so thick.