Here’s the Yankees’ run production in their last eight games: 2, 1, 1, 4, 5, 2, 0 and 3. I’ll do the math for you: That’s 18 runs in their last 72 innings. And yes, that was Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle you heard rolling over in their graves (and even Costanza rolling over under his desk). The good news is New York gets a fresh-faced rookie on the mound, as Will “Don’t Call Me the Fresh
Prince” Smith makes his major-league debut for the Royals, and the lefty was just 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA in Triple-A. The good news for Smith: He gets to face a Yankee lineup that includes Curtis Granderson’s .250 batting average, Nick Swisher’s .239 average, Mark Teixeira’s .229 average, Russell Martin’s .179 average and probably some bottom-of-the-order guys named Jayson Nix and/or Dewayne Wise.
The Yankees have been an “under” machine for almost a month now, as 18 of their last 23 contests
have stayed low, including nine of their last 11 overall and eight of their last 11 at home. Additionally, the “under” is 9-4 in Kansas City’s last 13 overall and 6-2 in its last eight on the road. Tonight, the Royals face Andy Pettitte, and even though Pettitte’s more fossil than human at this point, he was solid in his first two starts (2.51 ERA). Pettitte has also owned the Royals in his career, going 13-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 21 starts. Speaking of this rivalry, the “under” has cashed in six of the last seven meetings, including the first two games of this series (6-0 and 3-2 finals).
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Tuesday’s Result: Marlins (-125) vs. Rockies (Win)