Bet the Yankees vs. Royals Series - Hot Betting Trends

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Gambling911.com takes a look at the Yankees vs. Royals Series hot trends for the period beginning May 24, 2019.

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About This Series

New York is 8-2 here but the price should, in theory, be over -160 throughout the series. That was the case on Friday.  That is not the case on Saturday where New York was coming in at -132.

Recent Performance

The Yankees have won nine of their last ten overall.  They have scored five runs or more in seven of their last ten games overall while allowing five runs or more in four of their last ten (four of the last five).  The Royals have only won three of their last ten, scoring 5 or more runs in only three of those last ten appearances while allowing five or more runs in eight of those games.

Saturday Starting Pitcher Matchup

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH J.A. Happ (3-3, 5.16 ERA) vs. Royals RH Jakob Junis (3-5, 5.69)

Happ was fortunate to come away with a no-decision Monday in Baltimore after getting pounded for six runs on nine hits - including a pair of homers - and a walk over 3 2/3 innings. The Northwestern product has particularly struggled keeping the ball in the park this month, allowing two home runs in three of his four outings. Alex Gordon (5-for-16, one homer) and Whit Merrifield (1-for-11, one) have had varying degrees of success against Happ, who is 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA in eight career starts versus Kansas City.

Junis suffered his third loss in as many starts Saturday after yielding five runs and six hits - two homers - over a season-high seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels. The former 29th-round draft pick hasn't served up a home run in his last two turns at home, as each of the last seven blasts he has surrendered have been on the road. Hicks is 5-for-5 and Gleyber Torres 3-for-7 against Junis, who permitted five runs - four earned - and six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a road loss to the Yankees on April 19.

Junis should have his A Game for this one, so be careful.

We try to avoid these enticing lines on top teams playing weaker one's, regardless of whether Happ is viewed as the weaker link for the Yankees here.  They are 6-1 in Happ's last 7 starts.

We don't dare take the Royals.  But don't be surprised if they pull this one off.  The line scares us.  There hasn't been a movement downward encouraging more money on New York however.

- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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