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(67-63) New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals (69-62)
Date: Tuesday August 30, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Projected Pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka vs Edinson Volquez
MLB Moneyline Odds: NY Yankees -128
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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At the deadline, the Yankees were sellers and it looked like the Royals should have been. Since then, both teams have played themselves back into the playoff race. This is a matchup of youth vs experience with a role reversal from past years.
The Yankees – who often have been the oldest (at times to a fault) and most experienced team – are undergoing a youth revival while the defending World Series champs have plenty of experience in important games.
New York Yankees
Tanaka will take the mound for the Yankees pitching on five days rest. That is when Tanaka has been at his best this season – to a point of complete dominance.
On five or more days of rest this season, Tanaka is 8-1 in 14 starts with an ERA of 2.28.
Opponents are hitting just .202 off of Tanaka in these extended rest starts. The Yankees haven’t had to do this on design very much; they have just stuck to their five man rotation and used off days to benefit all of their starters.
In Tanaka’s short career with the Yanks, he has been a better pitcher on the road. 2.87 ERA away from Yankee Stadium vs a 3.39 ERA at home.
Tanaka has faced the Royals just once in his career and he got knocked around for six runs over seven innings. One start is a small sample size though; his performance on extended rest is much more significant.
The Yankees lineup exploded for 27 runs on Friday and Saturday with 18 hits in each game. They followed by getting shut out on Sunday while getting only 8 hits.
The lineup has been hot though with a number of hitters enjoying nice stretches.
The Yanks lineup will need to keep it going in a huge series against another team battling for playoff position.
Kansas City Royals
One of the best stretches by any team in the MLB this season has the Royals right back in the playoff mix. After winning the World Series last fall, it looked as if Kansas City would be watching not only the Fall Classic but the playoffs altogether.
Now, the Royals find themselves within three games of a playoff berth in a crowded AL Wild Card race.
The Royals followed up a 7-19 July with 19-7 start through August. The flip of the script has been largely due to their pitching. The Royals sport a league leading 2.54 ERA in August.
Volquez has not been one of the pitchers enjoying August success though as he sports a 5.81 ERA in five August starts. But, that has been par for the course for Volquez this season.
His best month was April when he had 3.34 ERA but since has yet to go post an ERA under 4.00 in any month.
I would expect Volquez to struggle with the hot Yankees lineup while the Royals could struggle against Tanaka while he makes another start on extended rest.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Yankees are 6-3 in their last 9 road games
- Under is 6-2 in Tanaka’s last 8 starts
- Yankees are 84-38 in the last 122 meetings
- Yankees are 19-7 this season when Tanaka starts
Free New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
Tanaka’s success in extended rest starts and Volquez’s struggles this season have me thinking about the runline. The Yankees have been putting up runs and I don’t expect that to stop.
There is plenty of value in the money line as the Yanks seem like a lock to win this game. I think the runline is worth the risk though.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: NY Yankees -1.5
Phenom Gary Sanchez and the Yankees will continue to keep themselves in it as Tanaka rolls on five days rest.
Despite the Royals having a similar structure to last season’s World Series team, there are too many dogs in the race with better rosters for the Royals to make the playoffs.
MLB Free Score Prediction: NY Yankees 8-2
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