The New York Yankees are heavy favorites against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, July 22nd, 2023. The game is the early game for the day of action in Major League Baseball with a start time of just after 1 PM ET. The Yankees, who will host the game, are favored at -230 with Unibet sportbook. Meanwhile, the Royals are set at +190 and look very difficult to back despite the long odds.

Royals vs Yankees: pitching match-up

The Yankees will be sending Gerrit Cole to the mound. Currently, he is the favorite to win the American League’s Cy Young Award at +215 with Unibet. KC is the second-worst team in Major League Baseball this season so far by winning percentage. They are noted for their dismal offense as well.

Cole will definitely be very motivated for this game as he won’t want the opportunity for an easy win to slip away. He has a 2.78 ERA, a WHIP of 1.09, and he gets more than a strikeout per inning on average.

Brady Singer will oppose Cole. Singer is 6-8 with a 5.70 ERA. He gives up a lot of hits and the Yankees should be the team with a big edge through the first six innings in this contest.

Betting tip for Royals vs Yankees

That the Yankees will be hosting this game is a major point to note. Firstly, KC is a terrible road team at 13-35 this season.

The Yankees aren’t amazing at home but they are 29-23 so far this season. Those splits compile to an implied record in this game of 64-36 in New York’s favor.

Basically, if they played 100 times, you would expect the Yankees to win 64 times if you only compiled the home-and-away splits. However, you would make an adjustment for the fact that the Yankees send the Cy Young favorite to the mound to start this game. You could place New York as 85% favorites to win this contest, meaning odds of -230 underrate their chances quite a lot.

Our recommendation is to take the Yankees in this game. The Royals are in danger of losing this one by a lot, in fact. That opens the door for bettors that want to go with handicapping instead of moneyline bets.

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