Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox
The Kansas City Royals and he Boston Red Sox meet for game four of their series at Kauffman Stadium. The Red Sox are -230 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Kansas City Royals look to have the lineup to compete, they just need to fill out the pitching staff and this could be a team to contend in the future. On Saturday we saw glimpses of the Royals’ potential as Alex Gordon had three hits and Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Jeff Francoeur, and Mike Moustakas all had two hits as the Royals scored nine times off of 14 hits in the win. On the mound Felipe Paulino allowed eight hits and four earned runs while striking out three over six innings of work to earn his fifth win of the season. For Sunday’s game Kansas City starts Danny Duffy who has lost his last three starts. For the season Duffy has allowed 98 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 69 over 82.2 innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox had a chance to take first place from the New York Yankees but were unable to capitalize on the Yankees misfortune. Dustin Pedroia, Carl Crawford, and Ryan Lavarnway all had two hits each as the Red Sox scored four runs off of 10 hits in the loss. On the mound Tim Wakefield allowed nine hits and four runs over 5.1 innings to not factor in the decision as Matt Albers allowed five runs off of three hits while retiring just one batter to take his fourth loss of the year. For Sunday’s series finale Boston starts Jon Lester who won last time out to end a personal two game losing streak. For the season Lester has allowed 125 hits and 53 earned runs while striking out 143 in 148 innings of work.
Kansas City is 16-36 in their last 52 games against a left handed starter, 2-8 in their last 10 against the American League East, and 104 in Duffy’s last five starts. Boston is 24-7 in their last 31 games against a left handed starter, 20-7 in their last 27 games as a road favorite, and 6-2 in Lester’s last eight road starts. Boston is 4-1 in their last five games in Kansas City.
Kansas City will get some hits on Lester, no doubt about it, but Boston will more than likely pound Duffy while they have the chance. Take the Red Sox minus the 230.
Boston Red Sox -230 Kansas City Royals