Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/14/14
Boston Red Sox (65-84) at Kansas City Royals (81-66)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Joe Kelly (R) (3-4) (4.145) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (11-8) (3.407)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -152 / Boston Red Sox +142 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSKC
The Kansas City Royals look to keep pace in the playoff race as they host the Boston Red Sox for the final game of a four game weekend series at Kauffman Stadium.
The Boston Red Sox won the first two games of this series in Kansas City but they couldn’t carry the momentum forward in last night’s 7-1 loss. Rubby De La Rosa took the loss on the mound with a short outing allowing five runs on six hits over four innings and the offense was punchless in collecting just three hits. David Ortiz had two hits and Yoenis Cespedes had the Red Sox only RBI on the night with a sacrifice fly.
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Joe Kelly makes his eighth start with the Red Sox on Sunday after playing the last two and a half years with the Cardinals. Kelly has had mixed success this season as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.39 and ERA of 4.14 while posting a record of 3-4 across time in both the NL and AL. The righty Kelly has struggled on the road this year with an ERA of 4.53 over nine starts and has also struggled in day games with an ERA of 5.95 over four starts.
The Kansas City Royals retained possession of a wild card spot in the AL on Saturday night with a 7-1 win over the Red Sox. Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie was dominant in the win pitching eight innings while allowing just one run on three hits. The Kansas City offense was active collecting 12 hits on the night as Omar Infante had three hits and two RBI’s, Alex Gordon had two hits, an RBI and scored twice, Nori Aoki had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, and Alcides Escobar had two hits and scored a run.
Jason Vargas will take the mound on Sunday as the Royals look to continue their push for a playoff berth. Vargas is having an impressive season as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.24 and ERA of 3.25 to complement a record of 11-8. The lefty Vargas has actually pitched worse at home with an ERA of 3.94 over 14 starts while conceding 11 home runs; he has yet to face the Red Sox this season.
Vargas has been solid this season and the Royals are the better team so I will take the home team here to split the series.