MLB Odds: Yankees Host Royals With Playoffs in Mind. It’s almost a given the New York Yankees (63-35, plus-5.05 betting units at Bovada) will make the playoffs this year. But they’ll need to beef up if they want to improve their World Series chances. The Yankees could have some reinforcements in the lineup by the time they host the Kansas City Royals (30-69, minus-27.51 units) this Thursday. First pitch is at 7:05 PM ET on the MLB Network. Bet on baseball at Bovada and get a free 50% bonus.

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At press time, the Yankees are +500 third favorites on the World Series futures market, but those odds should improve if they make big enough trades before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. The Royals, on the other hand, are likely sellers this year; 3B Mike Moustakas (.770 OPS) is their biggest trading chip at the moment.

Assuming they’re still with their current teams on Thursday, Sonny Gray (5.34 ERA) is projected to start for the Yankees opposite Jakob Junis (5.03 ERA) in a battle of struggling northpaws. Gray has pitched better than his ERA would suggest, but remains 5.19 units in the hole on a team record of 9-10. The Royals are 8-10 behind Junis – making his second start since coming off the DL – for a slim profit of 0.51 units.

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