LHP Jason Vargas (5-1, 1.01 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) vs. LHP Michael Pineda (3-2, 3.27 ERA, 0.99 WHIP)
Yeah! More Vargas! Something I didn’t think I’d be saying mid-May. But it is the truth. Watching Vargas pitch has been thoroughly entertaining. He is completely dominating and it is showing in the results, as he has posted a 1.01 ERA. The Royals have only lost two of his starts.
Vargas hasn’t made a start against the Yankees since May of 2015, pitching four innings of one run ball.
Expect Vargas to throw even more changeups than usual in this game. Yankee hitters have seen the sixth most changeups in baseball. He could have a good matchup with New York too. Take this for comparison. The Yankees score the fourth most runs in baseball when they are home. They score the 19th most on the road.
Now for the Yankees starter. Pitching for them will be lefty Michael Pineda. This could make some Royals hitters excited, especially Mike Moustakas. Moustakas has just purely dominated Michael Pineda in his career. He is 6 for 13 with five extra base-hits.
When the Royals face Pineda, they usually attack his fastball, so watch for that.