Chris Young (6-2, 1.98 ERA) gets the start for the Kansas City Royals (39-26) as they meet Wade Miley (6-6, 4.88 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (30-40) in the last of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 7-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 21 and will air on NESN and FSN-KC.
In his most recent outing, Young pitched 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out three in a 7-2 victory over the Brewers. Lorenzo Cain (.291, 41 Rs, 6 HRs, 30 RBIs, 14 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and three stolen bases. In his career against the Royals, Miley is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. He meets a strong Kansas City offense that's batting .274. Hanley Ramirez (.273, 38 Rs, 14 HRs, 36 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Red Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Kansas City is a -131 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 23-14 record and have an overall money line of +1,009. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (6-1). The Royals have the top batting average in the league at .274. Don't expect the Kansas City hitters to swing wildly. They average an AL-low 5.8 strikeouts per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Royals rank second in the AL in ERA with a 3.40 team average. The Royals are the best in the AL in hits allowed, giving up just 7.9 per game.
On the other side, the Red Sox have a record of 10-13 when they are the underdog and are -1,648 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-3 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 3-7. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.1 runs per game, above their 3.9 season average. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Boston batters, who rank second in the AL with 6.4 strikeouts per game. Boston's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.7.
This game will feature Miley (LHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 10-10 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Red Sox will be the right-hander Young. They sport a 22-28 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 17-8, while Boston is 15-17.
The Royals are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Red Sox have a record of 15-12 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-21. The Red Sox have a 4-33 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 51 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 13th with 65.
Kansas City ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.34 per game this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.67.
Ranking 17th, Boston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.709). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .736.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 12-31. When the Royals allow one or more homers, they have a 17-18 record.