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Moneyline pick, best player prop for Royals vs. Yankees on Tuesday

We go over some of the best betting options for Tuesday’s matchup between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees.

Gerrit Cole #45 of the New York Yankees reacts during the game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Buffalo, New York. Photo by Bryan Bennett/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees will begin a three-game set at 7:05 p.m. ET. Brady Singer will be on the mound for the Royals, while the Yankees will start Gerrit Cole. We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.

Royals vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET

Moneyline pick: Yankees -275

The Yankees are entering Tuesday night’s series opener as the overwhelming favorite with -275 odds on the moneyline. New York has been playing great baseball as of late, winning 4 out of the last 5 games, including a series win against the Athletics over the weekend. The Yankees will have their ace on the mound in Gerrit Cole, who is 8-3 with an ERA of 2.31 in 14 starts this season.

Cole has been stellar at home with a 2.27 ERA and 3-2 record in seven starts this season. But the Yankees are 1-2 in his last three road starts. That being said, the veteran ace has not had many problems with the Royals over his career (3-1, 2.36 in four starts). Speaking of Kansas City, the Royals are coming off a solid weekend series against the Red Sox, when they won 2 out of 3 games. However, the Royals are 1-6 in their last seven road contests. Rookie pitcher Brady Singer has struggled on the road this season with a 1-2 record and 5.60 ERA in six starts.

The easy pick here is the Yankees ML, but if you don’t want to lay the juice, then also consider playing New York -1.5 on the run line. In their last six road losses, the Royals have lost by an average of 5 runs per game.

Player Prop: Gerrit Cole under 7.5 strikeouts (+112)

Anytime Cole is on the mound, conventional wisdom says to play the over when it comes to his strikeout prop. When he’s on his game and getting guys to swing and miss, he’s one the best pitcher in baseball. However, despite going over 7.5 strikeouts in 8 out of 14 starts this season, Cole has struggled to go over his K prop in 3 out of his last 4 starts.

Could it be attributed to MLB cracking down on the foreign substances? Maybe. Also, the Royals don’t strikeout often, averaging 8.01 per game.

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