4* MLB *Mound Mismatch*
Boston vs. Kansas City,
05/09/2012 20:10 EDT,
Score: 3 - 4
Money Line: -140 Boston
4* MLB *Mound Mismatch* on Red Sox -140
The Royals won yesterday, but that was just their 3rd win in 16 home games this season. Expect their home struggles to continue against a Boston team that has won 7 of its last 9 on the road and holds the major edge on the mound.
Dating back to last season, the Royals are 0-7 in Chen's last 7 starts and 0-4 in his last 4 home starts. Through 6 starts this season, he's carrying an ERA of 4.98. That number is up to 8.26 through 3 home starts.
In addition, Chen has a career ERA of 6.65 in 9 starts versus Boston, and he is 0-5 on the money line in his last 5 starts versus the Red Sox. Lester, meanwhile, has a 1.30 ERA in 7 career starts versus Kansas City and is 4-1 on the ML in his last 5 starts versus the Royals.
His success against KC figures to continue considering it is only averaging 2.2 runs/game while batting just .225 against southpaw starters this season. The Royals are 0-5 in their last 5 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
It's also worth mentioning that Boston is batting .274 and scoring 6.9 runs/game versus lefty starters this season. We'll bet Boston.