Red Sox at Royals - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (24-14) at Kansas City Royals (18-19)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
R Porcello (6-1) (3.11) vs. Y Ventura (3-2) (4.62)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -110 / Boston Red Sox -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals begin their series Tuesday night on ESPN.
The Boston Red Sox look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Red Sox have scored 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight straight games. The Boston Red Sox offense has been on fire recently and they’ve won 16 of their last 17 games when scoring more than three runs. Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 53 hits, Jackie Bradley Jr. has 30 RBI and Dustin Pedroia has six home runs. Rick Porcello gets the nod, and he’s 6-1 with a 3.11 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 8-6 with a 4.58 ERA and 72 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Royals have allowed eight runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 4.04 and have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 47 hits, Salvador Perez has 20 RBI and Lorenzo Cain has five home runs. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 4.62 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Ventura is 1-2 with a 5.19 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 6-1 in Porcellos last 7 starts. The Royals are 46-22 in their last 68 home games and 38-18 in Venturas last 56 starts. The Red Sox are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City and 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Red Sox are on fire right now and tearing the cover off the baseball. However, you get the feeling it's only a matter of time before the Royals turn things around and get the ship back in the right direction. Ventura is a solid pitcher and usually shows up at home. I'll side with KC at home for the cheap price.