Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 7 (8/7): MLB

Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 7 (8/7): MLB

Credit: photo by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 2:10 p.m. EST
Red Sox money line -160
Red Sox run line -1.5 (+100)
Royals money line +134
Royals run line +1.5 (-120)
Over / under 9.5

 

Key stats

  Boston Red Sox Kansas City Royals
Record 54-55 43-65
Road / home record 28-28 24-31
Last 10 record 5-5 3-7
Streak L1 W1
Over / under record 48-51-9 52-51-4
Runs / game 4.52 3.82
Runs allowed / game 4.74 5.06

 

Preview

The Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox will play the 4th game of the series at the Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. The Red Sox took the win 7-4 in the second game of the series.  Xander Bogaerts had four hits and Alex Verdugo doubled twice. 

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox get here with a 54-54 record and have won 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.52 runs per game. They're batting for .255 AVG, 468 runs scored in 905 hits and 100 home runs, ranking #13 in offense in the league, behind the Colorado Rockies. Rafael Devers is leading the team with 22 home runs and 55 RBI, batting for .324 AVG while Trevor Story leads in RBI's with 58. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.74 runs per game and rank #24 in the league. Nick Pivetta leads the team with 8 wins recorded with a 4.47 ERA and 114 strikeouts.

Probable Pitcher:

Kutter Crawford (3-3, 3.86 ERA) will be on the mound for the Red Sox in the 4th game of the series. Crawford earned the win during Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Houston, allowing one run on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts in six innings.

Kansas City City Royals

The Royals get to this game with a 42-65 record and have lost 3 of their last 4 games. The team is averaging 3.82 runs per game. They're batting for .246 AVG, 394 runs scored in 848 hits and 82 home runs, ranking #27 in offense in the league behind the Washington Nationals. Bobby Witt Jr is batting for a .255 AVG. 51 RBI and 14 home runs.

Defensively they are allowing 5.06 runs per game and ranking #27 in the league. Brad Keller leads the team with a 4.18 ERA, 73 strikeouts and 5 wins recorded for the Royals.

Probable Pitcher:

Brad Keller (5-12, 4.76 ERA) will be on the mound for the Royals in the 4th game of the series. Keller allowed eight runs on 13 hits an a walk with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings, taking the loss Tuesday versus the White Sox.

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 13 games when playing on the road against Kansas City.

Boston Red Sox are 6-13 SU in their last 19 games against an opponent in the American League.

The total has gone OVER in 10 of Kansas City's last 13 games when playing at home against Boston.

Kansas City Royals are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the American League.

Prediction

The Royals bounced back and scored 5 runs to beat the Red Sox in the third game of the series. For this game they'll send Keller to the mound who's coming from one of his worst starts in the season allowing 8 runs across 5.2 innings vs the White Sox. Crawford will start for the Red Sox who has been solid in his last 2 starts allowing only 1 run in each of them. Both offenses have been good on this series and I expect to continue like that, take the over.

PICK: Over 9.5 (-110)

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