It’s the opening game of a series between a pair of American League teams at opposite ends of the standings. The New York Yankees are on the road as they play the first game of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals Friday night. New York closed out a four-game series on the road against Baltimore Thursday afternoon, sweeping the series with a 6-5 win. Kansas City was off Thursday after a doubleheader on the road against St. Louis Wednesday, which they split, winning 8-2 in the opener and losing 10-3 in the nightcap. The Yankees won three of four in the first series between the teams this season, which came at home April 18-21.
New York Yankees Seeking to Build AL East Lead
New York let a four-run lead slip away late before scoring the winning run in the ninth to sweep Baltimore. The Yankees entered Thursday night with a 2.5 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East after recording their fifth straight victory. Luke Voit (two runs, RBI) was the lone Yankees player with two hits in the game. Voit (his 12th) and Clint Frazier (his ninth) each homered in the contest. Masahiro Tanaka was in line for the win before the bullpen gave it away: he allowed one run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts over six innings. Tommy Kahnle (2-0) earned the win despite allowing a run on one hit with no walks and two strikeouts in one inning of relief. Zack Britton worked the ninth for his second save.
Clint connects on one to tie it. pic.twitter.com/r6aeb6kSWC
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 23, 2019
Chad Green is in line to take the mound for his 15th appearance and second start of the season for the Yankees, who are expected to deploy him as the opener again here. He comes in 0-2 with a 12.41 ERA, a 2.108 WHIP, five walks and 13 strikeouts over 12.1 innings of work this season. Green didn’t factor in the decision in his last outing, which came in relief Wednesday against the Orioles. He threw a scoreless inning, allowing no hits with no walks and two strikeouts in a 7-5 Yankees victory. Green has no record with a 4.91 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, two walks and 12 strikeouts over 7.1 innings in seven career appearances, all in relief, against the Royals. He has no record with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.50 WHIP, no walks and eight strikeouts over four innings in two career appearances, both in relief, at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals Hope to Get Things Going At Home
Kansas City earned a split of their doubleheader with St. Louis on the road Wednesday after getting rained out Tuesday. The Royals entered Thursday in the basement of the AL Central, 15.5 games behind the Twins. In the opening game of the doubleheader, Jorge Soler hit his 11th homer as part of a six-run third inning to send the Royals to the win. Brad Keller (3-5) got the win after allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts over seven innings. In the nightcap, Hunter Dozier hit his 10th homer of the year but it wasn’t enough. Homer Bailey (4-5) took the loss as he was tagged for five runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts over 1.2 innings of work.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 23, 2019
Jakob Junis takes the hill for his 11th start of the year for the Royals in this contest. He is 3-5 with a 5.69 ERA, a 1.500 WHIP, 21 walks and 47 strikeouts over 55.1 innings of work this season. Junis took the loss in his last outing, which came Sunday on the road against the Angels. He threw seven innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in a 6-3 Royals defeat. Junis is 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, nine walks and 13 strikeouts over 16.2 innings in his last three starts. He makes his fifth career start against the Yankees in this contest. Junis is 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA, a 1.667 WHIP, six walks and 12 strikeouts over 21 innings of work. He is 10-9 with a 4.55 ERA, a 1.314 WHIP, 46 walks and 158 strikeouts over 172 innings in 31 career appearances, 29 starts, at Kauffman Stadium.
- Yankees are 5-0 in their last 5 road games
- Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win
- Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 home games
- Royals are 5-21 in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
- Royals are 10-46 in their last 56 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600