Royals vs. Red Sox Prediction
Are the Boston Red Sox too big of a favorite when they take on the Kansas City Royals tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, April 30, 2018
7:10PM ET – Fenway Park
TV: FSKC (KC); NESN (Bos)
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Red Sox are the clear favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -230 to win. The Royals are listed with a money line of +210 to prevail. The over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting currently has 82% going on Boston as the clear home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Royals get back-to-back wins
The Royals finally earned back-to-back wins for the first time this season by beating the White Sox at home the last two days. KC is now 7-20 overall and 4-8 on the road. Kansas City is averaging just 3.30 runs per game while allowing 5.56 per contest.
Jason Hammel is getting the start for the Royals tonight. He is 0-2 through five starts but has pitched pretty well. He has a 3.38 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP. Over 32 innings of pitching, Hammel has 17 strikeouts with nine walks.
Boston falling back
The Red Sox are coming off a 4-3 win over Tampa at home, but they lost the series and have dropped five of their last eight games. The Sox are 20-7 overall and 9-3 at home. Boston is putting up 5.52 runs per game this season while allowing 3.33 per contest.
Eduardo Rodriguez gets the start for Boston in this game. He has started four times this year and is 3-0 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Over 22.1 innings of work, Rodriguez has 23 strikeouts with eight walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are just 1-6 in their last seven games following a win. They are also 7-19 in their last 26 series openers and 0-4 in their last four against the American League East.
Boston is 8-3 in its last 11 against AL Central opponents. The Sox have also won four straight starts for Rodriguez.
The Royals have some momentum going, but they beat a pretty poor Chicago team. I don’t think the Sox have value as they stand, but it’s probably worth taking a chance on them on the run line. Boston’s pitching should be able hold down this KC batting order, which hasn’t been terribly productive all season.
The Pick: Boston Red Sox -1.5 (-115)