Yordano Ventura (3-2, 4.62 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (18-19) go up against Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.11 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (24-14) in the first of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and will air on NESN and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Ventura pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out one and walking three in a 7-3 victory over the Yankees. Eric Hosmer (.336, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again Sunday, going 2 for 6 with one RBI. The Red Sox were also victorious the last time Porcello pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 13-3 victory over the Athletics. David Ortiz (.320, 20 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Red Sox, going 3 for 5 Sunday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are Red Sox -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Red Sox won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Royals are 5-4. The Red Sox are also 5-4 in close games this season.
Kansas City has won 44% (7-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 74% (14-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Royals have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 13-7. The Red Sox have a 23-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 229 this season. Kansas City ranks 28th with 131 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 85 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 12th with 123.
The Royals are 14-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 19-9 when they hit at least one homer.