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Red Sox vs. Royals - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (72-46) at Boston Red Sox (53-66)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

D Duffy (6-5) (4.03) vs. W Miley (9-9) (4.58)

The Line: Boston Red Sox +100 / Kansas City Royals -110 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSKC/NESN

The Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox begin their series Thursday night.

The Kansas City Royals look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Royals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Royals have won six of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 140 hits and 72 RBI while Kendrys Morales and Alcides Escobar have combined for 120 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have split their last eight road games. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he’s 6-5 with a 4.03 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

Red Sox vs. Royals - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Red Sox look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Red Sox have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Red Sox have won five of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 139 hits and 59 RBI while Mookie Betts and David Ortiz have combined for 131 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have won seven of their last 10 home games. Wade Miley takes the hill, and he’s 9-9 with a 4.58 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season. Miley is 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 7-1 in Duffys last 8 starts. The Red Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 1-6 in Mileys last 7 starts. The Royals are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings overall.

Miley has been inconsistent as of late while Miley has allowed three or less runs in eight of his last 10 starts. Add the fact the Royals are putting things together again with a five-game winning streak, and I'm taking the road team.

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Kansas City Royals -110

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