The Yankees catch a break in the schedule and will happily welcome the Kansas City Royals to the park for four games. The Yankees went 4-2 against the Royals last season..However, anything less than a sweep against the Zack Greinke-less Royals will be a disappointment.

AP

Here’s the tale of the tape:

KC NYY Advantage
OBP .335 (7th) .353 (1st) NYY
HRs 62 (12th) 106 (3rd) NYY
ERA 4.85 (13th) 3.95 (5th) NYY
BAA .271 (11th) .245 (3rd) NYY
Fielding .981 (12th) .989 (2nd) NYY
Overall NYY

**All ranks are based off of American League totals.

Thankfully, the Yankees have faced each of the pitchers listed below…None of that rookie magic against the Yanks…

Pitching Match-Ups:

Thursday, 7:05 PM, YES: Bruce Chen (5-3, 4.07 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.13 ERA)

Last Start:
Chen: ND, 5 2/3 innings, four earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Oakland)
Sabathia: ND, seven innings, three earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. Tampa Bay)

Career Stats:
Chen: 1-3, 6.75 ERA (ten starts)
Sabathia: 15-10, 3.27 ERA (23 starts)

**Chen is 3-2 with a 3.85 ERA on the road this year.

**Sabathia has not lost a decision since May 23rd against the Mets.

Friday, 7:05 PM, YES: Brian Bannister (7-8, 5.65 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (7-8, 4.99 ERA)

Last Start:
Bannister: Loss, 6 1/3 innings, five earned runs, two strikeouts (vs. Oakland)
Burnett: Loss, two innings, four earned runs, one strikeout (vs. Tampa Bay)

Career Stats:
Bannister: 1-2, 15.07 ERA (four starts)
Burnett: 2-2, 3.32 ERA (six starts)

**AJ Burnett will be under the microscope after carelessly cutting his right hand on Saturday against the Rays.

**Brian Bannister has lost five of his last six decisions. He is 2-5 with a 7.04 ERA on the road this year.

Saturday, 1:05 PM, YES: Kyle Davies (4-6, 5.45 ERA) vs. Sergio Mitre (0-1, 2.88 ERA)

Last Start:
Davies: ND, seven innings, three earned runs, five strikeouts (vs. Toronto)
Mitre: N/A

Career Stats:
Davies: 1-0, 5.59 ERA (two starts)
Mitre: 0-1, 7.21 ERA (one start)

**Sergio Mitre will make his third start this season for the Yanks. He has a 4.00 ERA over his first two starts.

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: Anthony Lerew (1-3, 3.52 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (11-3, 3.99 ERA)

Last Start:
Lerew: Loss, 1 1/3 innings, four earned runs, two strikeouts (vs. Toronto)
Hughes: Loss, five innings, six earned runs, two strikeouts (vs. Anaheim)

Career Stats:
Lerew: 0-0, 3.00 ERA (one start)
Hughes: 0-1, 9.23 ERA (two starts)

Enjoy the series! Go Yanks!