CC To Start Makeup Game vs KC As Division Hopes Fade

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After a beatdown in Toronto yesterday and the odds increasing daily that their quest for the AL East crown simply will not happen, the Wild Card play-in game bound Yankees return home to close out the 2017 campaign. First order of business is today’s make-up game with the Kansas City Royals.
Overall the Royals got off to a horrible start this season, began to get their act together in June and looked like their 2015 World Series team in July, only to come off the rails again in August. They are 11-11 in September, and are 4-6 over their last 10 games.

Monday, September 25, 2017 vs Kansas City Royals

Key Stats At-A-Glance

Money Line : Royals +185, Yankees -200
Over/Under : 9
Line Moves : Late dineros coming in on New York
Park Factors : Yankee Stadium is considered a hitter’s park.
Weather : 84°, sunny, Wind ENE 8MPH, 10% chance of rain.

Trends

  • The Royals are 37-42 on the road, 14th best in MLB.
  • The Yankees are 289-195 (.547) all time versus the Kansas City Royals.

Jakob Junis vs The Yankees

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Jakob Junis ($7,700) : The right-handed Junis will be making his first career start against the Yankees today. His repertoire includes a 92MPH four-seam fastball, an 82MPH slider along with a sinker, changeup and curveball. His out pitch is the slider, and his changeup results in higher than league average number of ground balls.
He comes into the game with an 8-2 record, 4.05 ERA with 70 strikeouts over 86.2 innings. Junis is having a decent September, going 2-0 over four starts with a 3.09 ERA with 14 strikeouts over 23.1 innings and a WHIP of 1.24.
Most of the damage has been done to Junis on the road where he’s 6-2 over 10 starts with an ERA of 4.50, allowing 24 earned runs in 48 innings. Left-handed batters are hitting Junis at a .287 clip, righties .244.
Another consideration is the Royals’ bullpen, which is a mess. Their combined ERA in April was 3.38, but rocketed to 5.47 by the end of August.
 
Here’s who to consider in today’s lineup.

  • Aaron Judge ($5,700) : Give no second thought to adding All Rise to your lineup today. Coming off a two-home run performance in Toronto, Judge is poised to overtake Mark McGuire’s rookie home run record this week, so it could come at any time.
  • Todd Frazier ($3,900) : Having played in the same division with the Royals for years, Frazier has hit KC pitching to the tune of .252 in 111 ABs, with seven doubles, five homers and 11 walks.
  • Greg Bird ($3,200) : Bird will be starting at first base and hitting sixth in the lineup. Look for another good day at the plate from him..

CC Sabathia vs The Kansas City Royals

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CC Sabathia ($8,300) : The Big Man is coming off a solid start against the Twins, scattering six hits and five strikeouts over six innings.
It’s a rare start for CC against the Royals, having last faced them on May 17th, tossing seven shutout innings, and not since May 2015 before that. He rocks a 20-11 career mark against Kansas City, with a 3.11 ERA over 38 starts including one shutout and four complete games.
Here’s who CC needs to be careful with in the Royals lineup:

  • Melky Cabrera ($4,000) : Old friend Melkman is 6-16 (.375) against CC with two home runs. He’s been a on a tear over his last seven games (12-26, .462) and he loves hitting at Yankee Stadium.
  • Sal Perez ($3,800) : Perez is hitting .400 with one home run and 5 RBI over his last seven games.

 
Upon completion of today’s game, the Yankees will host the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game set starting tomorrow, then close the regular season out against the Toronto Blue Jays at The Stadium.
 
THE FINE PRINT : The fantasy lineup suggestions are purely speculation and should not be taken as gospel. Anything can and will happen in a baseball game, but this content is designed to provide a starting point for your lineup research. Best of luck, and let’s go Yankees!

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