Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/11/2021

by James Q

Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/11/2021

Game Time
: 2:10 pm ET, Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Where to Watch:  MLB Network, YES Network, Bally Sports Kansas City

Season-to-Date Record:

Yankees:  62-50 (3rd place, American League East)

Royals:  48-63 (4th place, American League Central)

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks:

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Yankees -120, Royals +100; Over/Under: 9.5 runs

Recent Lineups:


D. LeMahieu, 2B
G. Stanton, LF
A. Judge, RF
J. Gallo, DH
L. Voit, 1B
R. Odor, 3B
K. Higashioka, C
J. Davis, CF
A. Velazquez, SS


W. Merrifield, 2B
C. Santana, 1B
S. Perez, DH
H. Dozier, RF
E. Rivera, 3B
E. Olivares, LF
M. Taylor, CF
C. Gallagher, C
N. Lopez, SS

Statistical Leaders:


Batting Average: Aaron Judge (.278)

Hits:  DJ LeMahieu (114)

Home Runs: Aaron Judge (23)

RBI:  Giancarlo Stanton (54)

Stolen Bases: Gleyber Torres (12)

Wins: Gerrit Cole  (10)

Saves: Aroldis Chapman (23)

ERA:  Corey Kluber (3.04)

Batting Average:  Salvador Perez (.274)

Hits:  Whit Merrifield (118)

Home Runs:  Salvador Perez (27)

RBI:  Salvador Perez (69)

Stolen Bases:  Whit Merrifield (31)

Wins: Mike Minor (8)

Saves:  Greg Holland (7)

ERA:  Danny Duffy (2.51)


Yankees:  Aaron Boone 
Royals: Mike Matheny 

Recent Form:

The Yankees are 8-2 over their last ten games.  That’s 8-2 on the moneyline, 7 Unders, 3 Overs.  They beat Kansas City in the first of this 3 game series ( tonight is game 2, we are talking about 08/11 Wednesday’s game 3 in this article), took 2 from the Marlins, 2 of 3 against Baltimore, 3 of 4 against Seattle.  Having a meatball series like Kansas City gives them confidence they could catch Boston sooner than later.

The Royals are 3-7 over their last ten games.  The three wins were surprises as Kansas City were heavy underdogs in all ten moneylines.  During the stretch they logged 6 Unders and 4 Overs.  

The Monday night game 1 of this series was a brutal 8-6, 11 inning, five hour marathon.  The bullpens got some work… and some overtime.  The Royals hope over the next few days is that they catch the Yankees sleeping and grab 1 game.

Statistical Comparison:

The Yankees are 18th in batting average, 22nd in runs scored, and 17th in Home Runs.  Not the best year in Yankee batting history.  They are however on a streak that keeps bringing them closer and closer to the Boston Red Sox to challenge for 2nd in the AL East.  While there is no guarantee of anything, they will need to keep moving up for a chance at a wild card selection.

The Yankees pitchers are 8th in team ERA 3.67, 10th best in runs allowed, and 6th in strikeouts.  They are doing solid work from the mound and that is what is keeping the fans in Yankee stadium hoping for success this year.  They are among the pack of teams still daring to dream (White Sox, Padres,  Giants) as if we all aren’t certain it will be Astros vs Dodgers again… this time with no banging trash cans. 

The Royals’ batters are 16th in batting average .241, 25th in runs scored (457), and 27th in Home Runs (113).  There are few spots left to go but up.

The Royals’ pitchers  are 26th in team ERA 4.90, 19th in strikeouts (947), and 24th in runs allowed (that’s bad not good).  Anyone with a quality arm in Kansas City has been traded away or made to rest as the team uses the remaining schedule to hard boil prospects and young talent.  The peanut vendor has the best curve in Kauffman Stadium.

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Yankees vs Royals Game Preview:

The pitching matchup will decide this one for sure.  At press time (now) The New York Yankees starting pitcher will be TBD… that’s right good ol’ To Be Decided.  The Kansas City Royals starting pitcher will be Brady Alan Singer 3-7, 5.13 ERA, 92 strikeouts in 87 innings pitched.  Brady was the 18th pick of the 2018 MLB draft.  Brady is 6’5, 215 lbs long and lean with just a subtle beginning of a mullet.  Brady has the never ending fountain of energy known as youth. He was born in 1996, only 25 years old. He has never lived in a world with a living Kurt Cobain.  Surely, Brady will be better than an undecided Yankee coaching staff planning to throw out to the mound whatever scrub looks good in warm-ups…. Right?  No,  Brady is pitching because the Royals have nothing to gain from the season, but to give young guys like him Major League experience in regular season games.  Whoever the Yankees trot out to begin this bullpen game won’t have to face the Yankees batters…. Brady will.  Young, inexperienced Brady Alan Singer will remember this day in 2021 as the day Aaron Judge gave him a physics lesson in just how far a baseball can be hit. 

The advantage is with the Yankees. No matter who pitches at this point in the season (11-aug-21) the two clubs are playing with radically different goals and agendas.  Good work for Brady in this one would be to only give up 3 runs before the reliever.  Great work would be only 1 run (win or lose)... but mark my word.  A Bronx Bomber will go yard off him.

Notable quotes:

 “So many people did stuff tonight… on a scorching hot night they kept coming”  - Aaron Boone, Yankees manager about Monday night's 11 inning win over the Royals. 

“A lot of weird things happened”  -Hanser Alberto, Royals infielder, who had a game tying RBI single in the 10th to extend Monday’s game into the 11th.  

“Enough already!... You guys are always watching baseball!”  - Hannah, my nephew’s girlfriend.


Yankees: 21.5% chance to make the postseason.

Royals:  0.1% chance of making the postseason.

Yankees vs Royals Prediction

 Our MLB Pick for  Wednesday August 11th is Yankees 8  Royals 2.  

(That is also an Over)

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James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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