Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York City, NY

When: Sunday, April 21st at 1:05 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Royals TV/Radio: Fox Sports Kansas City, KCSP 610 AM. Yankees TV/Radio: YES, WFAN 101.9FM.

Team Notes

Kansas City Royals

The Royals are in rebuilding mode, and through 17 games their plan to get high draft picks is going well as the team is an awful 5-12.

Through Tuesday’s loss to the White Sox, the Royals have lost all five road games this season.

The Royals are 1000-1 to win the AL Pennant and 2000-1 to win the 2019 World Series.

New York Yankees

The Yankees are having a tough time getting back to .500 after a plague of injuries has decimated the team’s lineup and bullpen.

Last season, the Yankees won the season series against the Royals 5-2, while outscoring Kansas City 43-28 over the seven games.

The Yankees are 4-1 to win the AL title and 7-1 to win the 2019 World Series.

Pitcher Notes

Royals: Jorge Lopez (0-2, 4.30 ERA)

Lopez has had some tough luck this season, making two good starts in April only to see the bullpen lose leads late in the game.

Before Tuesday’s loss. the Royals starter had only given up three earned runs in his previous 12 innings with eight strikeouts and five walks.

  • In his last start against Chicago, Lopez struck out ten batters in six innings.
  • He threw over 100 pitches for the first time this season in the start against the White Sox.
  • Lopez gave up three homers in the start against Chicago.

Yankees: James Paxton (2-2, 3.91 ERA)

Paxton was dominant in his last start that came against the Red Sox.

Throwing over 110 pitches, Paxton struck out 12 batters and gave up just two hits in eight innings Tuesday night.

  • Paxton has been good at Yankee Stadium, allowing just one run in 13.2 innings.
  • Opposing hitters are batting .253 off Paxton in his first four starts of 2019.
  • The 12 strikeouts against the Red Sox is the first time Paxton has struck out double-digit batters this season.

Hitter Notes

Kansas City Royals

Through their first five road games, the Royals have scored just 14 runs while losing all five contests.

In April, the Royals have lost 11 of their first 14 games, while getting outscored 79-63.

  • Whit Merrifield is 3 for 12 against Paxton in his career with a double.
  • Alex Gordon has struggled versus the Yankees lefty going 1 for 10.
  • Jorge Soler is 1 for 3 in matchups against Paxton with one strikeout.

New York Yankees

All current Yankees have yet to face the Royals starter, Jorge Lopez.

The Yankees have only scored over ten runs just once this season, a feat they accomplished five times last April.

  • Against right-handed pitchers this season, the Yankees have 23 homers in just under 400 at-bats.
  • However, at home, the Yanks have just hit eight homers this year.
  • Leadoff hitters for the Yankees have a .190 average through their first 16 games.

Roster Notes

Kansas City Royals

  • Danny Duffy is hopeful to return to the rotation soon from shoulder soreness.
  • Salvador Perez is out for the year with Tommy John surgery on his elbow.
  • RP Brian Flynn is nursing a sore elbow and is on the 10-day IL.

New York Yankees

  • Aaron Hicks is still rehabbing his strained lower back, with no return in sight.
  • Miguel Andujar has started throwing in rehabbing from a labrum tear.
  • Giancarlo Stanton has started swinging the bat but is still unsure when he’ll return from his biceps injury.

Game Odds

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888Sport NJ -265 +210
BetStars NJ -250 +210

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