Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.25 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (19-19) take on Steven Wright (3-3, 2.36 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (24-15) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 8-4, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 18 and can be seen on NESN and FSKC.
Kennedy pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out six and walking three in a 7-3 defeat to the Yankees. Eric Hosmer (.336, 20 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Wright went 4.1 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking two in a 7-6 defeat to the Astros in his last outing. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.333, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 31 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Kansas City and Boston are Royals -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
For the second time this season, the Red Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 4-9 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-10. The Royals have a 3-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 35 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 with 46.
Boston tops the league in hits with 10.59 per game this season. Kansas City ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.66.
Boston tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .846 this season. Kansas City ranks near the bottom at 22nd with an OPS of .701.
The Red Sox are 15-11 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 10-13 when they allow at least one homer.