New York Yankees Seek Second Straight Against Royals Print
Tuesday, 24 July 2007 10:00
MLB Headline News

KC Looks To Cool Yanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chien-Ming Wang had the longest winning streak of his career snapped in his last start, although it wasn't entirely his fault. He hopes to get back in the win column when his New York Yankees take baseball's hottest offense into the second game of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

Wang (10-5, 3.44 ERA) had won seven straight decisions in a span of nine starts before suffering a 3-2 defeat to Toronto on Thursday. He held the Blue Jays to three runs in 7 1-3 innings, but the Yankees (52-46) managed only two runs and five hits - their lowest totals in 13 games since the All-Star break.

"Another great effort (by Wang)," Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon told the team's official Web site. "He deserved to have won this game."

"It's unfortunate we couldn't take advantage of that great pitching."

Since that loss, New York is batting .388 and averaging 11.6 runs per game. After a 9-2 win in the series opener against the Royals on Monday, the Yankees have outscored opponents 54-14 during a four-game winning streak.

Oddsmakers from Sportsbook.com have made New York -240 money line favorites (MLB Odds) for todays game, the over/under has been set at 10 total runs (Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 66% of bets for this game have been placed on New York -240 (View MLB Bet Percentages).

They remain 7 1/2 games behind of AL East-leading Boston - which has also won four straight - and have pulled within 5 1/2 games of the wild-card lead.

"We'd still like to make some noise in our division, get a little closer to where we want to be," manager Joe Torre said. "You know when I start talking about wild cards I get chewed out."

New York hopes to continue its offensive surge for Wang, who is 31-2 in his career - 10-0 this year - when he receives at least four runs of support. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in three career starts against the Royals, and the Yankees have won all of those games.

The Royals (43-55) have lost two of three games, but have been surprisingly solid against tough competition lately. Entering this series, they went 5-4 on a nine-game road trip against Cleveland, Boston and Detroit - the teams with the three best records in the AL.

Kansas City has won four of its last five series against teams that currently have winning records. Monday's loss, however, was the Royals' 11th in 13 games against the Yankees since August 2005.

Scott Elarton (2-3, 9.17) will make his first start in more than a month for Kansas City. After giving up five runs in 2 2-3 innings of a 5-1 loss at St. Louis on June 19, the right-hander went on the disabled list with a right foot strain. He was 1-1 with a 7.43 ERA in five appearances with Triple-A Omaha.

Elarton, though, has had good fortune in four career starts against the Yankees, going 3-0 despite a 4.85 ERA.

"I am actually kind of excited that I am pitching against the Yankees, because I have had success against them before," Elarton told the Royals' official Web site. "If I am going to come back to a challenge, it might as well be a big challenge. I am just going to go out there and just go to battle with them."

New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Monday, is 9-for-16 (.563) with three home runs in his career against Elarton.

by: Michael Cash - thespread.com – Email Us

More MLB Baseball coverage from theSpread.com

 - MLB news wire
 - Current MLB Injuries
 - 2007 MLB standings
 - 2007 MLB schedule
 - 2007 MLB Umpire sheet
 - 2007 MLB stats
 - MLB scoreboard
 - Expert MLB picks
 - Accuscore predictions
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - MLB home

 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 15/2
BOSTON RED SOX 9/1
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 10/1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 12/1
DETROIT TIGERS 12/1
CHICAGO CUBS 12/1
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 14/1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 14/1
SEATTLE MARINERS 14/1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 18/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com