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

How to Watch

Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO

When: Sunday, May 26th at 2:15 PM EST

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

Team Notes

New York Yankees

The Yankees are on a roll, winning seven of their last eight through Thursday.

New York is on top of the AL East with a record of 31-17, remarkable considering all of their injuries to major players thus far.

The Yankees currently stand at 3/1 to win the American League and 6/1 to take the World Series.

Kansas City Royals

The Royals have relied on youth during their rebuilding, winning 17 of their first 49 games.

Kansas City sits in last place in the AL Central, over 15 games back of the leader, Minnesota.

The Royals are 1200-1 to win the AL Pennant and 2500-1 to win the 2019 World Series.

Pitcher Notes

New York Yankees: Domingo German (9-1, 2.60 ERA)

German has been gold for the Yankees with the team winning nine of his ten starts.

In his last start, German threw five innings, allowing two earned runs to Baltimore.

  • In his last start against Kansas City, German allowed three earned runs in six innings.
  • The righty has a 2.66 ERA in May with 25 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.
  • German has only allowed more than three runs once this season in a start.

Kansas City Royals: Jorge Lopez (0-5, 6.04 ERA)

This will be Lopez’s first start since May 15th, although he made a two inning relief appearance on May 22nd against the Cardinals, throwing two innings with no runs.

The first time Lopez faced the Yankees this year, he allowed four earned runs over seven innings in a 7-6 loss on April 21st.

  • In his last six starts, Lopez allowed four or more runs in each outing.
  • In May, Lopez has a 7.94 ERA, with 17 strikeouts in 17 innings.
  • Lopez has given up ten homers in 50 innings this season.

Hitter Notes

New York Yankees

The Yankees offense is 5th in baseball, scoring 5.3 runs per game in 2019.

On the road, New York is even better, plating 6.3 runs per contest, good for 3rd best in all of baseball.

  • 1B Luke Voit is 1 for 4 against Lopez with one strikeout.
  • OF Brett Gardner is 2 for 4 against the Royals starter.
  • Lopez has allowed one double to 2B DJ LeMahieu in their lone matchup.

Kansas City Royals

The Royals rank 16th in MLB in runs scored at home with a 4.6 runs per game average this season.

Kansas City has one of the worst plate appearances per home run averaging a homer every 32.9 at-bats, good for 26th in MLB.

  • OF Jorge Soler hit a solo homer in his only game against German.
  • OF Alex Gordon is 1 for 3 with a double and RBI versus the Yankees righty.
  • SS Adalberto Mondesi is 2 for 3 in his only matchup against German.

Roster Notes

New York Yankees

  • OF Giancarlo Stanton has been shut down 7-10 days with a calf strain due to a hit by pitch.
  • SS Didi Gregorius should return in June from Tommy John on his elbow.
  • 3B Miguel Andjuar is out for the season with surgery on his torn labrum in his shoulder.

Kansas City Royals

  • RP Brian Flynn is missing time with elbow issues and remains on the 10-day IL.
  • 1B Lucas Duda’s strained back will keep him on the 10-day IL for another few weeks.
  • C Salvador Perez will miss all of 2019 with Tommy John surgery on throwing elbow.

Game Odds

The game odds will be added as soon as it is made available by the sportsbooks.

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