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Royals series preview: New York Yankees

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These guys again, only now it’s at their place.

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If it seems like the Royals just played these guys, it’s because they just played these guys. Previewing a series with just three days passing since playing the team last borders on being pointless, but here we are.

These are the game times and pitching matchups for this four-game set in New York.

  • Monday, May 22, 6:05 PM CDT - Jason Vargas (L) vs. Michael Pineda
  • Tuesday, May 23, 6:05 PM CDT - Danny Duffy (L) vs. Jordan Montgomery (L)
  • Wednesday, May 24, 6:05 PM CDT - Jason Hammel vs. Luis Severino
  • Thursday, May 25, 12:05 PM CDT - TBA vs. Masahiro Tanaka

Royals vs. Yankees pitching matchups

Pitcher G IP K K% BB BB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA fWAR rWAR
Pitcher G IP K K% BB BB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA fWAR rWAR
Jason Vargas (L) 8 48.2 43 22.5 10 5.2 2.03 2.49 3.97 3.82 1.6 2.0
Michael Pineda 8 47.1 55 28.8 8 4.2 3.42 4.10 2.79 2.83 0.6 1.0
Danny Duffy (L) 9 57.2 45 19.1 19 8.1 2.97 3.08 4.45 4.48 1.5 1.8
Jordan Montgomery (L) 7 39.1 37 21.9 18 10.7 4.81 3.94 4.81 4.53 0.7 0.2
Jason Hammel 8 40.2 31 16.1 17 8.8 6.20 4.92 5.54 5.05 0.2 -0.4
Luis Severino 8 47.0 54 28 13 6.7 3.64 3.58 2.87 3.13 0.9 1.1
TBA - - - - - - - - - - - -
Masahiro Tanaka 9 48.0 39 17.8 15 6.9 6.56 6.07 4.42 4.31 -0.2 -0.5

Thursday’s slot remains open for the Royals at the time that this was written with smart money on either Nate Karns or Ian Kennedy making the start. The matchups Monday and Tuesday are reprises of the starting pitching matchups from this past Tuesday and Wednesday. Jason Vargas has to be hoping that his luck is better this next time around. The Royals will get their first looks this season at Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka. Severino has unexpectedly been the Yankees’ best pitcher after a wildly disappointing sophomore campaign in 2016. Tanaka has been a complete disaster. His HR/FB% is off the charts, having allowed 13 dongs in just 48 innings. His strikeouts are down, and his walks are up. It’s hard to say why he’s flailing (his SIERA and xFIP are both markedly better than his 6.00-plus FIP and ERA), but he’s flailing nonetheless.

Yankees position players

Player Pos PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Player Pos PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Aaron Judge RF 160 15 35 30 4 .331 .431 .728 .476 209 2.4 2.9
Aaron Hicks OF 119 7 23 19 6 .301 .441 .570 .431 177 1.7 1.5
Brett Gardner LF 161 7 30 16 5 .275 .369 .493 .371 136 1.5 2.0
Starlin Castro 2B 175 7 31 27 0 .349 .383 .536 .394 152 1.2 1.5
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 144 4 18 14 8 .286 .357 .429 .345 118 1.0 0.8
Matt Holliday DH 146 8 17 27 1 .266 .370 .508 .377 140 0.8 0.6
Chase Headley 3B 157 3 22 20 5 .248 .325 .397 .317 98 0.7 0.4
Didi Gregorius SS 89 1 9 13 1 .289 .326 .373 .306 91 0.7 0.4
Gary Sánchez C 76 4 9 11 0 .303 .395 .500 .389 148 0.6 0.3
Ronald Torreyes IF 93 1 7 14 0 .286 .293 .374 .289 79 0.4 0.2
Chris Carter 1B 91 2 10 11 0 .213 .297 .338 .282 74 -0.1 -0.1
Austin Romine C 79 2 7 10 0 .247 .278 .356 .274 69 -0.1 0.3

The Yankees’ position players are still the best unit in baseball worth more combined fWAR and owning a better wRC+ than any other team in baseball. Aaron Judge? Still really good. Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks and Jacoby Ellsbury are still playing well. This could be a long week.

All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference through action on Wednesday, May 17.

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  • 9%
    Royals sweep
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    Royals take three of four
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  • 22%
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