Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals 5/11


The New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals will square off head-to-head for the third time this week tonight inside of Yankee Stadium. In this four game set we have been entertained by a few great pitching matchups on paper and the pitching matchup tonight hopefully won’t disappoint as well as the Yankees send Michael Pineda to the mound to face off with Yordano Ventura for the Royals. Ventura reminds me a lot of Luis Severino in a way, live arm but hasn’t quite put it all together yet, so this will be an interesting watch tonight in the Bronx.

Pineda pitched better in his last start against the Boston Red Sox and was extended farther than he had been all season but it still wasn’t enough to turn things around just yet. Pineda allowed two runs and eight hits in 106 pitches but opponents are still batting a staggering .307 against the Yankees right-hander this season.

Ventura has also looked less than stellar in his last few starts, especially his last two, which is not a great sign for the royals. Ventura has walked 11 batters in his last two starts and gave up six hits and five runs in his most recent start against the Cleveland Indians. If Pineda weren’t on the mound this would be the easiest win of the series for the Yankees on paper. We don’t play the games on paper though unfortunately.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside of Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network, ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball and of course MLB TV. It’s not very often that the Yankees get to flex a little bit against the defending World Series champions and it’s always fun to beat up on them so let’s have a little fun after a hard start to the 2016 season. Shall we?

Go Yankees!


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