The Kansas City Royals (39-60) go on the road to take on the New York Yankees (67-33) in the second contest of their four-game series on Friday night. The Yankees were able to get back on track Thursday night and picked up a 1-0 victory thanks to a walk-off home run from Aaron Judge. Meanwhile, Kansas City heads into this matchup on a three-game losing streak. Kris Bubic (2-6, 5.53 ERA) starts for Kansas City, while Gerrit Cole (9-3, 3.09 ERA) is starting for New York. Former Royal Andrew Benintendi, who was traded to the Yankees earlier this week, will be looking for his first hit after going 0-for-4 in his New York debut on Thursday.
First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as the -400 money-line favorite (risk $400 to win $100) in the latest Royals vs. Yankees odds, while Kansas City is the +310 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before locking in any Yankees vs. Royals picks, you need to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model.
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- Yankees vs. Royals money line: New York -400, Kansas City +300
- Yankees vs. Royals run line: New York -1.5 (-180)
- Yankees vs. Royals over-under: 8.5 runs
- NYY: Yankees are 17-5 in their last 22 Friday games
- KC: Royals are 5-2 in their last seven Friday games
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Why you should back the Yankees
Second baseman Gleyber Torres has an effortless swing with outstanding bat speed and control. Torres is able to consistently place the barrel of the bat onto the baseball and drive it anywhere on the field. The 25-year-old also plays solid defense with great range and arm strength. During the month of July, Torres is batting .309 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.
Designated hitter Matt Carpenter is another good hitter in the lineup for New York. Carpenter has good plate discipline, pitch recognition, and bat control. The 36-year-old is able to play multiple positions on defense if needed as well. He is batting .304 along with 14 home runs and 35 RBIs. On July 23, he was 1-for-3 as he belted a solo bomb.
Why you should back the Royals
Infielder Hunter Dozier has displayed pretty good home-run power and run-producing qualities. Dozier has a smooth swing with good awareness when at the plate. The 30-year-old has the versatility to play either first or third base. Dozier is batting .261 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs. On July 24, he went 2-for-4 with a double.
Outfielder Michael Taylor has been a great talent for Kansas City. Taylor owns the speed to showcase his ability to cover plenty of ground on the defensive end. He has some holes in his swing but still has some untapped power. The 31-year-old is batting .275 with six home runs and 28 RBIs. He’s recorded two-plus hits in three of his last five games.