Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (73-48) at Boston Red Sox (56-66)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Y Ventura (7-7) (4.82) vs. M Barnes (3-3) (6.59)
The Line: Boston Red Sox +131 / Kansas City Royals -141 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, NESN
The Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals face off on Saturday at Fenway Park for game three of their MLB series.
The Boston Red Sox have had a tough season but they won for the second day in a row beating the Royals on Friday. Josh Rutledge hit a home run, Blake Swihart had four hits, and Mookie Betts had three hits as the Red Sox scored seven runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Henry Owens allowed four hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out our over 8.0 innings to get the win and go to 2-1 for the season, For Saturday’s game the Red Sox start Matt Barnes who allowed 40 hits 20 earned runs while striking out 29 over 27.1 innings for a 3-3 record and a 6.59 ERA.
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The Kansas City Royals continue to have a comfortable lead in the American League Central but they lost for the second night in a row to the Red Sox. Alcides Escobar hit a home run and Eric Hosmer and Ben Zobrist had his as the Royals scored two runs on four hits. Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto allowed 13 hits and seven runs, six earned, while striking out three over 6.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-2 since being traded to KC. For Saturday’s game the Royals start Yordano Ventura who has allowed 105 hits with 58 earned runs while striking out 90 over 108.1 innings for a 7-7 record and a 4.82 ERA.
Boston is 5-1 in their last five games as an underdog, 9-3 in their last 12 home games, and 3-7in game three of a series. Kansas City is 5-2 in their last seven games, 38-17 in their last 55 games as a favorite, and 2-6 in Ventura’s last eight Saturday starts. Kansas City is 2-10 in their last 12 games against Boston.
The Royals have really struggled against Boston but I have to believe tey break through for a win here.