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The Kansas City Royals (39-61) look to bounce back against the New York Yankees (68-33) in a battle on Saturday afternoon. The Royals are in a slump, dropping four straight games, including two straight to the Yankees. Meanwhile, New York has the best record in the league. The Yankees have won two straight with hopes of making it three. Jonathan Heasley (1-5, 5.50 ERA) is on the mound for Kansas City. Nestor Cortes (8-3, 2.48 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees.

First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as the -335 money-line favorite (risk $335 to win $100) in the latest Royals vs. Yankees odds, while Kansas City is a +260 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is set at nine. Before locking in any Yankees vs. Royals picks, you need to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times, and it is 284-243 on top-rated MLB money-line picks since the start of the 2021 season, returning over $400 for $100 players. This is the same model that pegged the 2021 Atlanta Braves at 10-1 as one of three best bets to win it all last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Yankees vs. Royals and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Royals vs. Yankees:

  • Yankees vs. Royals money line: New York -335, Kansas City +260
  • Yankees vs. Royals run line: New York -1.5 (-160)
  • Yankees vs. Royals over-under: 9 runs
  • NYY: Over is 8-1 in Yankees' last nine games following a win
  • KC: Royals are 4-1 in their last five road games vs. a left-handed starter
  • Yankees vs. Royals picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why you should back the Yankees 

Outfielder Andrew Benintendi was recently acquired from the opposing Kansas City Royals. Benintendi is an outstanding hitter with an exceptional feel at the plate. The 28-year-old has been able to hit for a consistent average with terrific plate coverage. Benintendi is also a sound athlete and defender. He's batting .316 with 40 runs driven in.

Outfielder Aaron Judge is an absolute stud on both sides of the game. Judge is a talented defender with good instincts and agility in the outfield. The four-time All-Star is an outstanding power slugger with undeniable strength. He is looking to continue his stellar play. He ranks first in the MLB in both home runs (41) and RBIs (89). In the win on Friday night, he belted two home runs, including one grand slam. 

Why you should back the Royals

Infielder Nicky Lopez is an above-average hitter with the capability of making consistent contact. Lopez has great awareness of the strike zone with his compact swing. The 27-year-old also owns outstanding instincts in the batter's box or with his glove. He's currently hitting .244 with 13 RBIs. On July 24, he went 2-for-3 with a triple.

Whit Merrifield is a versatile defender, who can play multiple positions within the infield. Merrifield has flashed his quickness and speed on the bases but also defensively. He's tied for 12th in the league in stolen bases (15). The 33-year-old has a compact swing and can consistently smack singles to get on base. Merrifield is hitting .243 along with five dingers and 40 RBIs. 

How to make Royals vs. Yankees picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 8.8 combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model's MLB picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Royals vs. Yankees? And which side has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its MLB picks, and find out.