Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 5, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
Boston Red Sox: -1.5 (-135) / Kansas City Royals: 1.5 (+115)
FS-Kansas City, NESN
The Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday.
The Boston Red Sox will look to build some steam after picking up an 8-3 victory in game one on Tuesday. Eduardo Nunez had a home run and three RBIs while Rafael Devers added a double and two RBIs. J.D. Martinez had a triple and an RBI while Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts each had an RBI to round out Boston’s scoring as a team in the win with Holt adding a double. Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi each chipped in a double as well to round out the Red Sox offense in the victory. Eduardo Rodriguez got the win to improve to 6-3 this season after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings of work. Chris Sale will start game two and is 1-7 with a 4.35 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 11-10 with a 2.87 ERA and 172 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to rebound after dropping game one on Tuesday. Cheslor Cuthbert had a home run and three RBIs while Alex Gordon went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Billy Hamilton went 2 for 3 while Adalberto Mondesi and Jorge Soler each had base hits as well in the losing effort for the Royals. Glenn Sparkman allowed one run on three hits over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Scott Barlow took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year. Jakob Junis will start game two and is 4-5 with a 5.35 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. This will be Junis’ second career start against Boston.
Boston is 2-5 in Sale’s last 7 road starts and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the AL Central while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Kansas City is 1-4 in Junis’ last 5 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 home games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against the AL East. Boston is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
Sale is still not the dominant pitcher we’ve become accustomed to seeing in recent years and his record is still brutal, so the plus money could be worth a look. However, Kansas City is still losing games left and right, and while Sale’s record leaves a lot to be desired, the strikeouts are still there, as Sale has logged double-digit Ks in four of his last five starts. The Royals just don’t have the offense to keep up with the Red Sox, and while Junis has settled down lately, he’s still a hard pitcher to trust, especially against an explosive Red Sox lineup, so I’ll side with Boston in game two on Wednesday and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll side with the Red Sox on the RL.