Tuesday Night MLB Betting Analysis on Kansas City at NY Yankees
It’s first place against last place in a three-game series from the Bronx to open this week as the AL East-leading New York Yankees host the AL Central cellar-dwelling Kansas City Royals. The Yankees are coming of a 3 game weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays, ending it at 1-2. The Royals also had a 3 game weekend series against the Minnesota Twins which they lost at 1-2 as well. The Yanks will be slight MLB betting favorites for Tuesday’s Game 2.
How To Bet Royals at Yankees MLB Prediction & Pick
When: Tuesday, May 23, 7:05 PM ET
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York
Probable pitchers (away/home): Danny Duffy/Jordan Montgomery
TV: MLB Extra Innings
Radio: Kansas City / New York
Opening MLB Lines: Yankees favored by TBA
Why Bet On Kansas City?
The Royals are playing much better since a 7-16 start but they might have dug too big of a hole to compete for a playoff spot. Kansas City hosted the Yankees last week and lost two of three. The one victory was 5-1 last Thursday.
Danny Duffy, the starter for this game, tossed seven innings of three-hit ball in that one, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer and the Royals avoided the three-game sweep.
“We’ve been in a little bit of a rut,” said Duffy (3-3), who struck out a season-best 10 while walking two and earning his first win since April 14. “I just wanted to get positive vibes going.”
Duffy, who had been 0-3 with two no-decisions in his last five starts, was lifted after 108 pitches. Mike Minor handled the eighth and Kelvin Herrera surrendered a run in the ninth.
“Danny was just on the attack all night,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He kept his pitch count down and really gave us seven strong innings.”
The Royals scored twice in the second off Jordan Montgomery (2-3) before Moustakas deposited his pitch into the bullpen in right in the fifth inning to break the game open.
The Royals will still be without outfielder Alex Gordon here as he was placed on the paternity list on Sunday. That gives him three days off. To take his spot, the team called up infielder Raul Mondesi from Triple-A. Mondesi won the starting job at second base out of spring training, but hit just .103/.167/.179 over 39 at-bats before earning a demotion to the minors.
Gordon is not having a good year. He didn’t have a good year, last year, either. Since he returned from the disabled list on Sept. 1, 2015, he is hitting just .215/.311/.344. Much of this decline occurred immediately after he signed the largest contract in Kansas City Royals’ history.
Why Bet On New York?
Montogmery gets the call here. Last week opposite Duffy, Montgomery surrendered four hits and three walks over five innings. Montgomery (2-3, 4.81 ERA) was hurt by the Yankee defense in the second inning, then by the long ball in the fifth. With two on and one out in the second, Jorge Soler hit into what should’ve been an inning-ending 5-4- 3 double-play. But second baseman Starlin Castro couldn’t get a good grip on the ball as he was transferring it out of his glove, and was forced to throw a bouncer to first baseman Chris Carter, who couldn’t scoop it out of the dirt.
The misplay ended up costing the Yankees a pair of runs, as Whit Merrifield and Drew Butera delivered back-to-back RBI singles with two outs in the frame. Three innings later, Montgomery surrendered his second three-run homer in as many starts (Brian McCann hit the other), throwing a slider to Moustakas that didn’t slide.
“I’m just a 24-year-old with eight starts in my big league career and I’m trying to learn,” he said. “I know the fans expect more from me and I expect more from myself. I’ve got to do better.”
Aaron Judge hit 15 HRs in the Yankees’ first 40 games, becoming just the fifth Yankee in franchise history to hit at least 15HR in the team’s first 40G (also Mickey Mantle: 19HR in 1956; Babe Ruth-4x: 18HR in 1928, 16HR in 1926, 16HR in 1930, 15HR in 1921; Tino Martinez: 16HR in 1997; and Alex Rodriguez: 15HR in 2007). The Yankees are 12-1 when Judge homers this season.
The Yanks are one of three Major League teams that have not been shut out this season (also Minnesota, Washington). They have a +54 run differential, trailing only Houston (+56) and the LA Dodgers (+61).
Kansas City at NY Yankees MLB Betting Pick: Kansas City Royals
The Royals are good underdog value behind Duffy as Montgomery is not trustworthy.