In a game that could be a shootout, Yordano Ventura (7-7, 4.82 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (73-47) are in Boston to take on Matt Barnes (3-3, 6.59 ERA) and the Red Sox (55-66). This is the third of a four-game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 7-2 and Boston leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and can be seen on FSKC and NESN.
Barnes pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out seven and walking three in an 8-2 defeat to the Indians. Ventura went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Angels in his last outing.
Kansas City takes on Boston as a -141 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Red Sox have an overall money line of -1,758 and a record as the underdog of 22-28. Boston has gone 3-1 in its last 10 as underdog. The Red Sox have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 8.3 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. Boston is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.0 per game.
As for their opponent, Kansas City is coming in with an overall money line of +2,350 and an impressive record of 42-22 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 6-1 record, and a 7-3 record SU. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 9.2 hits per game. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with 82 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB.
The Red Sox lead the season series, 3-1. The Red Sox have a 41-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ventura takes the mound. Barnes (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a very good 50-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Boston earned its fifth shutout of the season in its last game. Kansas City has been shut out nine times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Red Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 11-55. The Royals have an 11-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 94 this season. Boston ranks 14th with 117 home runs.
Boston and Kansas City both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Boston sits at second with 9.17 hits per game and Kansas City ranks third with 9.16.
Ranking 11th, Kansas City is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.729). Boston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .738.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 33-32. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 28-55 record.