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#915 New York Yankees vs.
#916 Kansas City Royals
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:15pm EDT
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: May 25, 2019, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO, 2:15 PM ET

The Kansas City Royals brace themselves for a head-to-head showdown with the current AL East king, the New York Yankees. A loss to the St. Louis Cardinals brought an end to a two-game win streak for the Royals. Meanwhile, the Yankees are riding five straight wins over the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. Jorge Lopez will man the mound for the Royals early in the game against a pitcher that has yet to be decided on by the Yankees.

Yankees washed out on Friday

A rainy day in Kansas City pushed back the Yankees scheduled game against the Royals from Friday to Saturday, turning their weekend tilt into a double-header. It isn’t so different from what the Yankees faced last Wednesday when they took on the Orioles in a two-game headliner. The team came away with back-to-back wins with the contest being at Yankee Stadium.

However, things are much different this time around. The game is being held at Kauffman Stadium, and the Royals are just slightly better than the Orioles this season. That doesn’t mean much when one of the best offenses in baseball is on the schedule. The Yankees are hoping to keep the wins coming after having their way with the Orioles and taking a home series over the Tampa Bay Rays.

J.A. Happ was originally slated to be the starting pitcher for the Yankees, but the ball club has yet to make an official announcement regarding their starter situation after Friday’s game was postponed. They could opt to keep things the same and leave Happ as the starter, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on leading up to the game.

Royals hope to build off short-lived streak

The Royals haven’t won consecutive games often this season, which was evident by the massive wave of excitement following their wins over the Cardinals and Angels. It has been a quick and ugly fall for the team that won the World Series nearly four years ago. Now, they are a 17-win team with the third-worst record in the league.

They are also sitting dead last in the AL Central division and 16 games out from matching the Minnesota Twins’ win total. They’re already standing at the base of a crater-sized hole that only seems to be getting deeper by the day. After winning those two games, they were lambasted by the Cardinals in a closeout game on Wednesday night after giving up 10 runs.

Lopez hopes to do a much better job on the mound on Saturday night against the Yankees. The right-handed pitcher will enter the game with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP, which is a really shaky stat line when facing an offense like the Yankees’. There is hope he can put forth a similar performance as he did against the Cardinals on Wednesday when he allowed only two hits and no runs. Granted, he was only on the mound for a couple of innings, but it was without question one of his better games so far this season.

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A storm will roll through Kansas City on Saturday night.

There’s the possibility of Mother Nature bringing more rain, lightning and claps of thunder to the area. There’s also the storm of the Yankees’ offense teeing off against one of the worst pitching rotations in baseball. Only the Orioles have a worst combined ERA than the Royals this season, and they are receiving a visit from a Yankees squad that lit the Rays up for 13 runs recently. It doesn’t get much tougher than that for a team like the Royals to overcome.

Not to mention Lopez is 0-5 so far this season. The 26-year-old pitcher gave up six hits and six earned runs, including three homers, in only two-plus innings on the mound in a 9-0 loss to the Astros. Then it was five earned runs and two homers in five-plus innings with the Texas Rangers. Lopez has struggled with ball placement all season, and now, the ball will be placed into orbit repeatedly by one of the league’s best offenses. I like the Yankees on Saturday.

Prediction: New York Yankees

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As great as the Yankees have been on offense, they have been giving up more runs than normal on defense. The Orioles are one of the worst run-scoring teams in baseball, and they still mustered five-plus runs in three of their four games against the Yankees. The Royals lack a standout offense, but as they showed against the Cardinals, they are capable of running up the scoreboard, even if it’s not an every game thing. That’ll be the case on Saturday, making the over the winning bet here.

Prediction: Over

Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

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