Yordano Ventura (3-2, 4.62 ERA) and Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.11 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (18-19) and the Boston Red Sox (24-14) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 16 and can be seen on ESPN, NESN and FSKC.
Ventura pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out one and walking three in a 7-3 win over the Yankees. Eric Hosmer (.336, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 6 with one RBI. Porcello went 6.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 13-3 win over the Athletics in his last outing. David Ortiz (.320, 20 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Kansas City and Boston are Red Sox -120, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
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.
Boston tops the league in runs with 229 this season. Kansas City ranks near the bottom at 26th with 131.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 85 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 11th 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.