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MLB: New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals | 29 July, 7:05 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

NEW YORK YANKEES: 

C | Kyle Higashioka 

FB | Anthony Rizzo 

SB | DJ LeMahieu 

S | Isaiah Kiner-Falefa 

TB | Josh Donaldson 

LF | Joey Gallo 

CF | Aaron Hicks 

RF | Aaron Judge 

DH | Giancarlo Stanton 

 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 

C | MJ Melendez 

FB | Hunter Dozier 

SB | Whit Merrifield 

S | Bobby Witt 

TB | Nicky Lopez 

LF | Andrew Benintendi 

CF | Kyle Isbel 

RF | Edward Olivares 

DH | Vinnie Pasquantino 

 

Flying back home from Baltimore, the New York Yankees will be settling in their nest once again to welcome to Kansas City Royals. Having been at the top for so long, have the Yankees grown too complacent? After losing twice to the Cincinnati Reds, once to Boston Red Sox, swept by the Houston Astros, and losing 6-3 to the Baltimore Orioles, they’ve collected six losses in their last 10 games. Now, they’re in trouble as the Los Angeles Dodgers are closer to their coveted number one spot than ever. We’d usually think the Yankees going up against a team like the Royals are an easy prediction, but with the current inconsistency shown by the Yankees and the powerhouse within the Royals, we might just be surprised.  

 

The New York Yankees have always been well-known especially now as they’re first in the American League East and the entire MLB with 65-31. The Dodgers are at a close second with 63-30, officially being the team with the least number of losses in the league. The Yankees have been able to establish a safe distance in the previous months, but what’s happened? Well for starters, the NY bullpen is overworked, and many players are injured. With regards to their most recent loss to the Orioles, Gerrit Cole was not able to hold his leads. During the fourth inning, the Yankees weren’t able to score either, and the Orioles took control of the game. The Royals might have been easy targets then, but Andrew Benintendi’s presence makes them unpredictable. Being such a good player, everyone including the Yankees wants him. 

 

From the simple numbers alone, there’s an apparent disparity between the two teams in a side-by-side comparison: 

 

 

AVG 

R 

H 

HR 

OBP 

SLG 

ERA 

WHIP 

BB 

K 

NYY 

.245 

514 

789 

164 

.331 

.445 

3.18 

1.09 

246 

878 

KC 

.245 

362 

768 

76 

.308 

.378 

4.81 

1.48 

362 

677 

Being 26th in the league also spells ‘underdog’ for the contenders from Kansas City, but we’ve come to learn time and time again that we cannot base on these alone. The Royals have won three of their last five games, twice against the Tampa Bay Rays and once against the LA Angels. Benintendi is definitely spicing things up, and with the rocky trajectory the Yankees are heading, we’ll go out on a limb and go behind the Kansas City. It’s a risk we’re willing to take, and besides, it’s no fun if the big guys always win, right? 

 

7:05 AM (PST), Friday, 29 July 2022. Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY. 

 

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