MLB Yankees vs. Royals Picks & Predictions for May 11, 2013

MLB Yankees vs. Royals Picks & Predictions for May 11, 2013

MLB Yankees vs. Royals Picks & Predictions for May 11, 2013
By ATSSportsline.com 

KANSAS CITY, MO (The Spread) - The Yankees will see a familiar face tonight in former Rays' starter James Shields when they visit the Royals at 7:10PM ET. 

ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Royals are -137 money line favorites over the Yankees, who are +126 on the ML. The total, meanwhile, is currently sitting at 7.5 runs.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Yankees opened as +131 money line underdogs but their odds have dropped slightly to +126, while the Royals' odds have gone from -142 down to -137. New York is 21-13 overall and 9-6 on the road, while Kansas City is 18-14 overall and 10-6 at home.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 53% of the betting public currently favors Kansas City. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most updated numbers.

MLB FREE PICK: Take New York. According to latest MLB trends, the Yankees are 6-0 in Andy Pettitte's last six road starts versus the Royals and 11-1 in his last 12 starts overall against Kansas City. The Yankees are also 70-28 in their last 98 meetings with the Royals.

The Yankees (21-13, 9-6 road, 15-16 O/U) are doing with smoke and mirrors. Despite all the injuries, they are hanging with Baltimore atop the American League East. They take on a Royals (18-14, 10-6 home, 14-17 O/U) team that is improved but has lost four of their last five games. Meanwhile the Yankees have won three straight after beating the Royals on Friday night. The Yankees always seem to plug in guys like 1B Lyle Overbay, who hit his sixth home run on Friday against the Royals, while Icihiro Suzuki added his second. Robinson Cano leads the team with a .314 batting average, which is impressive considering guys like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson are on the disabled list. Andy Pettitte is 14-3 lifetime vs. Kansas City with 3.44 ERA. He's also better on the road this year, with a 2-1 record and a 2.66 ERA. The Yankees visit Kauffman Stadium to meet the Royals at 7:10pmET on Saturday night.

Key Trends: NY Yankees are 10-4 last 14 overall, 17-6 last 23 overall on grass, 11-1 in Pettitte's last 12 starts vs. Royals, 16-7 last 23 with the total set of 7.0-8.5 and 7-0 last 7 during game 2 of a series. Royals are 1-4 last 5 vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.

MLB FREE PICK: NEW YORK YANKEES +126


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