In our MLB predictions for Sunday, we are breaking down the American League battle from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, to get you the best Yankees vs Royals betting pick and odds. New York and Kansas City wrap up their three-game series. The Yankees trounced the Royals 12-2 in Friday’s opener, while Saturday night’s middle contest has been excluded from this preview.
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Yankees vs Royals Betting Pick
This game will be played at Kauffman Stadium at 2:10 PM ET on Sunday, May 1, 2022.
Why Bet The Yankees:
✅ The New York Yankees have scored 97 runs in their first 20 games of the season. Their offense has been ridiculously good over the last seven days, tallying 49 runs through five contests in that span. The Yanks have recorded a terrific .316/.368/.649 triple-slash and smacked a whopping 15 home runs in those five tilts. Anthony Rizzo has accounted for five dingers and 11 RBIs over his last five appearances.
✅ The Yankees are doing a great job on the mound, too. They boast the third-lowest ERA in the majors (2.84) and rank seventh in batting average against (.216). The Yankees’ bullpen owns a strong 2.80 ERA and 3.13 FIP, while Luis Severino, who’ll get the starting call Sunday, sports a 3.32 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 19/6 K/BB ratio across 19 innings of work.
✅ The Royals have slugged only one home run over their previous five outings. In the last seven days, Kansas City is slashing just .194/.314/.259. The Royals recorded eight hits in that heavy loss to the Yanks in the opener, but they managed to score only a couple of runs. The Crowns could easily continue to struggle Sunday against Luis Severino and the Yankees’ mighty bullpen.
New York Yankees
The Yanks clobbered four dingers in Friday’s 12-2 thrashing of the Royals, improving to 14-6 on the season. Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gleyber Torres all went yard, while Kyle Higashioka drove three runs home with a double.
As I’ve mentioned above, Rizzo has been terrific at the plate lately. He has nine home runs and 21 RBIs on his season tally. Judge and Stanton have combined for ten homers and 27 RBIs, while DJ LeMahieu carries an excellent .324/.395/.485 slash line.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals fell to 7-11 on the season following a heavy loss to the Yanks in the opening contest of this three-game set. It was their sixth defeat in the last eight games, and the Royals dropped to the third spot in the AL Central.
Kansas City needs more from its offense. Salvador Perez (120 OPS+) has hit five home runs thus far, while Andrew Benintendi (169 OPS+) is slashing .391/.429/.484 with one homer and ten RBIs. It’s fair to say that the rest of the team has been awful through the first month of action.