Royals vs. Yankees Prediction
With Aaron Judge now out of the lineup for a few weeks, will the New York Yankees be susceptible to an upset when they host the Kansas City Royals tonight at 7:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
965 Kansas City Royals at 966 New York Yankees
Friday, July 27, 2018
7:05PM ET – Yankee Stadium
TV: FSKC (KC); YES (NY)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Yankees are heavily favored in this game, as they are getting odds of -290 to win. The Royals are getting a money line of +255 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 79 percent going on New York at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Royals fall in opener
The Royals dropped the opener in the series last night, 7-2 at New York. The Royals are 31-71 overall and 16-34 on the road. Kansas City is putting up 3.60 runs per game this year while allowing 5.53 per contest.
Brad Keller will take the mound for the Royals this evening. He has started nine games this season and appeared in a total of 30. He carries a 3-4 record with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Keller has 44 strikeouts and 29 walks over 70.1 innings.
Yankees in a slight funk
The Yankees got the win on Thursday night, but lost Judge for multiple weeks after he suffered a chip fracture in his wrist when he was hit by a pitch. New York is now 65-36 overall and 35-14 at home. The Yankees are scoring 5.19 runs per game this season while allowing 3.83 per contest.
C.C. Sabathia gets the start for the Yankees today. He has started 18 games this season and has a 6-4 record with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Sabathia has pitched 100.0 innings on the season and has 77 strikeouts with 29 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals have won four straight Game 2’s of a series but they are just 16-36 in their last 52 road games.
The Yankees have won 21 of their last 27 home games, but they have dropped their last four games after a win.
The Yankees have been struggling to string wins together recently, but I think they should be able to handle the Royals today, even without Judge. Sabathia is capable of pitching well against this KC batting order and Keller isn’t a starter that typically goes deep into games with strong results.
The Pick: New York Yankees -1.5 (-140)