Yohan Pino (0-1, 0.64 ERA) and Eduardo Rodriguez (2-1, 3.55 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (38-25) and the Boston Red Sox (29-39) at Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 19 and can be seen on NESN and FSN-KC.
Pino starts in place of injured Yordano Ventura. Eric Hosmer (.297, 37 Rs, 7 HRs, 37 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Rodriguez went 4.2 innings, surrendering nine runs, striking out one and walking three in a 13-5 defeat to the Blue Jays in his most recent start. Brock Holt (.319, 23 Rs, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with three runs.
Kansas City is a -142 favorite against Boston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +1,018 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 22-13. Kansas City is an impressive 6-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Royals lead the MLB in batting average with an impressive team average of .273. Kansas City strikes out the least of any team in the AL, with only 5.8 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Royals, who have a team ERA of only 3.36. The Royals are the top team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.7 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Boston has a 9-13 record and an overall money line of -1,848. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. Boston is excellent at drawing walks with 3.2 per game, ranking fifth in the AL. The Red Sox allow 4.8 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.0 runs per game during that span.
The Royals have a 10-9 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Rodriguez takes the mound. Ventura (RHP) will be on the hill against the Red Sox, who have a 20-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Boston has won 45% (14-17) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 71% (17-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 5-10 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-20. The Red Sox have a 4-32 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 48 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 12th with 63.
Ranking seventh, Boston is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.55 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.27.
Ranking 18th, Boston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.703). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .731.
The Red Sox are 11-30 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 16-17 when they allow at least one homer.