MLB Matchups  >>  Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox Preview 04/19/2013

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A winning streak will be on the line for the Boston Red Sox on Friday when they battle the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

The Royals will give the ball to starter James Shields in this one. Righthander Shields is 1-2 this season with a 3.43 ERA.

Shields's opponent in this one will be Clay Buchholz. The Red Sox righthander has a 0.41 ERA to go along with a 3-0 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Red Sox listed as 135-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.
The Royals were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Braves. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +157 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors.
In their last action, Boston was a 6-3 winner on the road against the Indians. Bettors on Boston at -122 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

CURRENT STREAK:
Boston has won 6 straight games.

TEAM RECORDS:
Kansas City: 8-6 SU
Boston: 11-4 SU
KANSAS CITY MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 4-3
After a win are 4-6

BOSTON MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 7-3


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City's last 16 games
Kansas City is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Kansas City is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games at home
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

NEXT UP:
Boston home to Kansas City, Saturday, April 20