Yankees Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds & Trends

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The New York Yankees (39-34) and the Kansas City Royals (33-39) play on Thursday at 1:05 PM ET with the series tied 1-1. The Yankees are favored (-195) to win the rubber match against the Royals (+160). Jameson Taillon starts for New York, and Brad Keller is Kansas City’s pick to start.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of June 24, 2021, 2:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Yankees vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Taillon (NYY) Pitcher Keller (KC)
1 – 4 W/L 6 – 7
58.0 IP 71.0
5.59 ERA 6.34
1.340 WHIP 1.730
9.8 K/9 8.1
2.8 BB/9 4.1

Yankees Probable Starter Jameson Taillon

  • Taillon (1-4 with a 5.59 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched) gets the start for the Yankees, his 14th of the season.
  • The righty last pitched on Friday against the Athletics, when he tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs while giving up four hits.
  • He will face off against a Royals squad that is hitting .244 as a unit (10th in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .391 (20th in the league) with 72 total home runs (24th in MLB play).
  • The Yankees have been the moneyline favorite in 12 of Taillon’s starts this season, and they went 4-8 in those games.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of June 24, 2021 at 2:21 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Taillon

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Michael A. Taylor 7 .143 1 0 0 .250 .393
Jarrod Dyson 6 .333 2 0 1 .333 1.000
Carlos Santana 5 .000 0 0 0 .167 .167
Ryan O’Hearn 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Whit Merrifield 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Royals Probable Starter Brad Keller

  • The Royals will hand the ball to Keller (6-7) for his 16th start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up five earned runs and allowed five hits in five innings pitched against the Red Sox on Saturday.
  • The Yankees are batting .233 this season, 18th in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .392 (18th in the league) with 95 home runs.
  • His team has won 50% of his starts when they are underdogs on the moneyline (6-6).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of June 24, 2021 at 2:21 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Yankees Stats vs Keller

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Rougned Odor 4 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Gleyber Torres 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Giancarlo Stanton 3 .333 1 1 2 .333 1.666
Tyler Wade 2 .000 0 0 0 .333 .333
Gary Sánchez 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Yankees Betting Trends

  • The Yankees average 3.9 runs per home game compared to 4.1 per contest on the road.
  • The Yankees rank 25th in runs scored with 292, four per game.
  • The Yankees have been the moneyline favorite 67 total times this season. They’ve finished 36-31 in those games.
  • New York has a 9-7 record (winning 56.2% of its games) when it has played as a moneyline favorite of -195 or shorter.
  • New York has had an over/under set by oddsmakers 73 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 32 of those games (32-41).
  • New York has a 5-3 record over the eight games it was moneyline favorites in its last 10 matchups.

Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have scored the 18th-most runs in the league this season with 307 (4.3 per game).
  • In 35 road games this season, they’ve scored 3.7 runs per contest compared to the 4.8 per game they average at home.
  • This season, the Royals have won 18 out of the 44 games, or 40.9%, in which they’ve been the underdog.
  • Kansas City has a record of 5-4, a 55.6% win rate, when they’re set as an underdog of +160 or more by bookmakers this season.
  • Kansas City and its opponents have hit the over in 36 of their 72 games with a total this season.
  • Kansas City has played as the underdog in seven of its past 10 games and won three of those contests.

Yankees Players to Watch

  • Aaron Judge has a team-best batting average of .278, and paces the Yankees in home runs (15) and runs batted in (36).
  • Judge ranks 25th in HR (15), and 25th in OBP (.371) among qualifying hitters in MLB play.
  • Giancarlo Stanton has totaled 36 runs batted in to lead his team.

Yankees Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
DJ LeMahieu 278 .263 38 6 25 .337 .700
Aaron Judge 252 .278 39 15 36 .371 .863
Gio Urshela 242 .273 24 9 31 .317 .759
Gleyber Torres 232 .246 22 3 23 .331 .654
Giancarlo Stanton 194 .263 22 13 36 .351 .851
Gary Sánchez 178 .236 25 12 26 .333 .822
Clint Frazier 173 .191 19 5 14 .314 .643
Brett Gardner 155 .206 16 2 8 .311 .627
Rougned Odor 143 .196 17 8 17 .268 .674
Miguel Andújar 123 .244 16 5 9 .271 .645

Royals Players to Watch

  • Salvador Perez is batting .288 with 18 home runs and 47 RBI. All three of those stats are tops among Kansas City hitters this season.
  • Perez’s 81 hits rank 11th, his .288 AVG ranks 20th, his 18 HR rank eighth, and his 47 RBI rank 18th among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Whit Merrifield has 78 hits and an OBP of .320 to go with a slugging percentage of .404 this season.
  • Among qualified hitters, Merrifield ranks 14th in SLG (.404), and 17th in hits (78) in the league.
  • Merrifield has a batting average of .366 with one homer during his nine-game hit streak.

Royals Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 287 .272 45 6 41 .320 .724
Salvador Pérez 281 .288 36 18 47 .314 .848
Carlos Santana 252 .250 41 12 41 .367 .780
Michael A. Taylor 221 .235 28 5 23 .289 .624
Jorge Soler 219 .183 21 6 28 .283 .612
Hunter Dozier 199 .156 19 7 22 .222 .549
Nicky Lopez 179 .257 29 0 12 .348 .672
Kelvin Gutierrez 125 .216 8 1 8 .258 .562
Hanser Alberto 117 .265 12 0 9 .281 .666
Ryan O’Hearn 62 .226 9 5 11 .273 .757

Yankees vs Royals Player Props

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