Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 7/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (53-47) at Boston Red Sox (56-47)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
J Vargas (12-4) (3.08) vs. D Price (5-3) (3.82)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -159 / Kansas City Royals +149 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSKC
The Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox meet Friday in MLB action at Fenway Park.
The Kansas City Royals look to keep rolling while building on their eight-game winning streak. The Royals have scored 24 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in nine straight games. The Kansas City Royals have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring three or more runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 122 hits and 54 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain have combined for 199 hits and 96 RBI. Jason Vargas gets the ball, and he is 12-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. Vargas is 2-3 with a 3.74 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Red Sox have allowed 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Boston Red Sox have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox with 112 hits and 61 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia have combined for 206 hits and 97 RBI. David Price gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Price is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 8-17 in their last 25 games following an off day, 8-0 in their last 8 overall and 22-7 in Vargas' last 29 starts. The Red Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 games following an off day, 7-2 in Prices last 9 home starts and 1-5 in Prices last 6 starts with 5 days of rest. The Royals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston, 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the over is 12-3-3 in the last 18 meetings.
The Royals are one of the hotter teams in baseball right now, but good runs have to come to an end eventually, and the Red Sox are due for a breakout performance to get out of this slump. Vargas has been shaky on the road at times, including his last road start when he allowed eight hits and six runs in five innings against the Mariners. Price has an ERA well under three at home this season and pitched a shutout in his last start at Fenway. I like Boston to the Royals streak here.