In the last of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (72-57) and the Kansas City Royals (67-62) at Fenway Park, Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.27 ERA) get the ball. The Red Sox won the last game 8-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 8:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 28 and will air on ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Rodriguez pitched 4.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-3 victory over the Orioles. David Ortiz (.318, 62 Rs, 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Royals were also victorious the last time Ventura pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking one in a 1-0 victory over the Marlins.
Boston, a -141 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Kansas City. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Red Sox have a 54-40 record and overall money line at -242. The Red Sox lead the majors in extra base hits with 471.
On the other side, the Royals have a record of 35-50 when they are the underdog and are +885 overall with the money line. Kansas City's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.3 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.1.
The Royals are 3-2 against the Red Sox this season. This game will feature Ventura (RHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 55-43 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Rodriguez will take the mound against the Royals, who have a 15-16 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Under
Kansas City has won 46% (25-29) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 57% (35-26) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Royals are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded three strikeouts. The Red Sox have a record of 6-2 when opponents' pitchers have three strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 51-17. The Red Sox have a 63-16 record when outhitting opponents.
Boston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 698 this season. Kansas City ranks near the bottom at 27th with 510.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 302 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 433.
The Red Sox are 59-38 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 45-34 when they hit at least one homer.