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Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals – MLB – Predictions, Betting Lines, Odds and Trends

Michael A. Taylor has 99 hits, and will look for his 100th when his Kansas City Royals (57-86) play the Boston Red Sox (69-74) at 7:10 PM ET on Friday.

The favored Red Sox (-203 moneyline odds to win) host the Royals (+169). The matchup on the mound for this contest is set with the Boston Red Sox looking to Michael Wacha (11-1), and Jonathan Heasley (3-8) taking the ball for the Kansas City Royals. The over/under for the game is set at 9.5 total runs.

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Red Sox vs. Royals Last 10 Games Betting Performance

Red Sox

  • Boston has been listed as the moneyline favorite by bookmakers just two times in the last 10 games, and won both matchups.
  • Over their last 10 outings, the Red Sox and their opponents combined to hit the over three times (all 10 of the games had set totals).
  • Boston’s record against the spread is 8-2-0 over its past 10 games.

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Royals

  • Kansas City has played as the underdog in seven of its past 10 games and has gone 2-5 in those contests.
  • When it comes to hitting the over, the Royals and their opponents are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games with a total.
  • Over its last 10 games, Kansas City is 5-5-0 against the spread.
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Red Sox vs. Royals Starting Pitcher Betting Trends

Projected starter: Michael Wacha

  • When Wacha starts, the Red Sox are 14-5-0 against the spread.
  • The Red Sox are 7-2 in Wacha’s nine starts this season with Boston as the moneyline favorite.
  • Wacha’s team has a 14-5 record in his starts this season.
  • Wacha’s starts with a set total this season have hit the over in eight of 19 contests.

Projected starter: Jonathan Heasley

  • When Heasley starts, his team is 7-11-0 against the spread this season.
  • When he is the starting pitcher, Kansas City has a record of 5-12 this season when they are the underdog on the moneyline.
  • In games Heasley has started, his team is 5-12.
  • Games started by Heasley have a 11-7-0 record at hitting the over this season.

Red Sox Batting Leaders

  • Rafael Devers paces the Red Sox in home runs (26) and runs batted in (79).
  • In baseball, Devers ranks 26th in home runs and 26th in RBI.
  • Xander Bogaerts is hitting .317 to lead his team.
  • Bogaerts ranks 108th in homers and 53rd in RBI among batters in MLB play.
  • Bogaerts brings a five-game hitting streak into this game. During his last five outings he is batting .368 with two home runs, two walks and four RBI.
  • Alex Verdugo is batting .284 with 35 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 37 walks.
  • Tommy Pham is batting .245 with 19 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs and 51 walks.

Royals Batting Leaders

  • Bobby Witt Jr. leads Kansas City in batting average (.247) and runs batted in (72) this season while also slugging 20 homers.
  • Witt Jr. ranks 53rd in home runs and 39th in RBI among all hitters in the big leagues.
  • Salvador Perez leads Kansas City in home runs with 21 while driving in 68 runs and slugging .459.
  • Perez ranks 47th among hitters in MLB in home runs, and 49th in RBI.
  • Perez heads into this matchup on a two-game hitting streak. In his last five games he is batting .333 with a home run and two RBI.
  • MJ Melendez has 84 hits this season and a slash line of .216/.315/.384.
  • Taylor is batting .267 with an OBP of .329 and a slugging percentage of .380 this season.

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