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(24-14) Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals (18-19)
Date: Monday May 17, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Projected Pitchers: Rick Porcello vs Yordano Ventura
MLB Moneyline Odds: Boston -128
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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The reigning World Series champs in Kansas City have not hit like they did last season, but Boston sure has hit like champs.
Though Boston sits in 2nd behind in the AL East, they’ve been en fuego recently and putting up runs reminiscent of the 2004 Sox led by David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.
Boston Red Sox
Boston come into the game having produced the second most runs per game in the league, at an average of 5.9.
They lead the league in hits per game (10.6), batting average (.297), slugging (.487), OPS (.844) and fielding (0.99) and rank 2nd in stolen bases with 27.
David Ortiz is once again being David Ortiz and mashing, leading the Soxx with 10 HR’s and 33 RBI. Xander Bogaerts is fulfilling his top prospect hype from not so long ago, leading the team with a .338 average and 53 total hits.
Dustin Pedroia looks like he’s found the fountain of youth alongside Ortiz, hitting .299 with 6 HR and 2 SB on the season.
The Red Sox made a massive splash in the free agent market this past winter, signing ace David Price to a whopping $217-million contract over 7 years.
However, his numbers haven’t been Price-like thus far into the year (aside from the K rate), and the Sox staff have actually been led by Rick Porcello.
Porcello was handed a 4-year extension last season worth $82.5-million, and it seems to have paid dividends, as he’s gone 6-1 with a 3.11 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP this year.
He will take the mound trying to find his 7th win on the year, which would put him in sole possession of 2nd in the AL in W’s behind only Chris Sale.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals enter the game sitting in 3rd in the AL Central with an 18-19 record on the year. KC enters the matchup having gone 4-6 record in their last 10 games while not having faced many strong starting pitchers over that time.
The bats are led by Eric Hosmer, who’s hitting at a .336 clip and has 47 hits on the year.
Key contributors form last season like Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Kendry Morales don’t seem to have put it all together yet this campaign.
Morales, who led the league in RBI last season has just 16 this year to go along with his .201 average and homers. The Royals will need some depth contributions behind Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, as Gordon and Perez have averages of .222 and .234, respectively.
Yordano Ventura was once a highly touted prospect, and has shown glimmers of brilliance which mostly came in the post-season. However, this year he sports an ERA of 4.62 and a high WHIP at 1.57.
Needless to say, he hasn’t put all the tools together on a long-term basis to show that he’s going to live up to lofty expectations.
His control has been a major factor, having walked more batters (28) than he has strikeouts (26).
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Red Sox are 7-3 in their last 10
- Boston has put up 82 runs over their past 10 games
- The Sox are 19-7 in night games
- The Royals enter the game at 4-6 in their past 10.
- KC is 28th in the league in average runs scored at 3.5 per game
Free Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
I’ll take the high flying Boston offense against a Royals offense that has struggled to produce.
The pitching matchup favors Boston in this one as well, as Porcello has looked as strong as anyone not named Sale, Kershaw and maybe Syndergaard this season.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Boston ML
With the edge going to Boston both on the mound and at the plate, and the money line set at -118, I’ll put my money on the favorites in this one at a decent payout.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Boston 6-3
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