Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 7/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (54-47) at Boston Red Sox (56-48)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
J Hammel (4-8) (4.81) vs. D Pomeranz (10-4) (3.59)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -167 / Kansas City Royals +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, NESN
The Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox face off in the finale of their three game weekend set at Fenway Park on Sunday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after having their nine game winning streak snapped thanks to a 9-8 extra innings loss on Saturday. Lorenzo Cain led the team by going 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs. Whit Merrifield went 4 for 6 with a pair of RBIs while Jorge Bonifacio, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez each put a run on the board as well. Brandon Moss, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon each added base hits in the losing effort for KC. Trevor Cahill gave up five runs on eight hits while walking and striking out a pair each, not factoring in the decision. Joakim Soria gave up the game-tying run for his 7th blown save of the season while Mike Minor got walked off to take the loss, falling to 5-3 this season. Jason Hammel will start the series finale and is 4-8 with a 4.81 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hammel is 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA and 42 strikeouts against Boston.
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The Boston Red Sox will look to take the series after their win in game two. Eduardo Nunez made quite the impact with his new team, going 3 for 6 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs. Christian Vazquez fell a homer short of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs while Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Demers each added a run to the cause in the win. Sandy Leon added a pinch-hit double while Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts added base hits of their own in the win. Eduardo Rodriguez gave up four runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out five over four innings of work, also not factoring in the decision. Blaine Boyer notched his 2nd blown save of the year while Matt Barnes got the win to improve to 6-2 this season. Drew Pomeranz will start game three and is 10-4 with a 3.59 ERA and 115 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pomeranz is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 9-1 in their last 10 games overall and 6-14 in Hammel's last 20 starts while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 road games. Boston is 14-5 in their last 19 home games against a right-handed starter and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Kansas City is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
Even though the Red Sox stole one yesterday and have a slight pitching advantage here, the Royals have been playing too well lately to be this it of an underdog so I'll take a shot with Kansas City and the plus money.