Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees 9/7/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/6/2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Yankee Stadium in The Bronx
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Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals will give the ball to Yordano Ventura (11 - 9, 3.38 ERA) as they square off against the New York Yankees and Shane Greene (4 - 2, 3.88 ERA). Ventura makes his 26th start and 27th appearance as Greene makes his 11th start and 12 th appearance.
Yordano Ventura notched his 2nd straight victory in his last start. In 6.1 innings, Ventura gave up 3 runs and 5 hits as he walked 4 and struck out 7. Ventura has found a way to keep his opponents off the scoreboard and that has allowed him to amass a 5 - 2 record in his last 10 starts. During his rookie campaign in 2013, Ventura made just 3 starts and went 0 - 1 with a 3.52 ERA.
Ventura didn't face the Yankees last season and has only seen one of the New York hitters before. New York's Stephen Drew is 0 for 2 against Ventura.
Shane Greene was lit up in his last start and he took the loss thanks to his performance. Greene lasted just 2.2 innings after allowing 6 runs on 6 hits (including 2 homers). He walked 3 batters and struck out 3. It was Greene's worst outing since coming up to the Majors from Triple-A earlier this season. He has fared well against Major League hitters and he did well at Triple-A, where he went 5 - 2 with a 4.61 ERA in 13 starts and 2 relief appearances.
Greene has never faced the Royals before. But if he can shake off his last bad start and focus on the info in the scouting report, he should do fine.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 60-71-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 57-78-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for New York Yankees is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/03/14 2B Christian Colon Finger out indefinitely
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
New York Yankees
09/05/14 RF Martin Prado Hamstring questionable Royals
08/05/14 P David Phelps Elbow 15-day DL (8/4)
07/10/14 P Masahiro Tanaka Elbow 60-day DL (7/9)
05/11/14 P CC Sabathia Knee 60-day DL (5/11); out for season
04/20/14 P Ivan Nova Elbow 60-day DL (4/20); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take New York
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