Red Sox vs. Royals Prediction
Will the Boston Red Sox be challenged at all on the road when they continue their weekend series with the Kansas City Royals today at 2:15PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, July 8, 2018
2:15PM ET – Kauffman Stadium
TV: FSKC (KC); NESN (Bos)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Red Sox are overwhelmingly favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -220 to win. The Royals are listed with odds of +210 to win at home, while the over/under total has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 50 percent going on each team. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Red Sox rolling
The Red Sox have won five straight games coming into Sunday, including a 15-4 win on Saturday. The Sox have scored double-digit runs in three of the five wins. Boston is 61-29 overall and 33-17 on the road. The Sox are putting up 5.25 runs per game on offense while allowing 3.73 per game on defense.
Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Red Sox on Sunday. He has started 18 games this season and has a 10-3 record with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Porcello has pitched a total of 111.0 innings and has amassed 104 strikeouts with 26 walks.
Royals hammered again
The Royals losing streak has climbed to eight games after Saturday’s latest loss. KC is now 25-63 overall and 11-34 at home. The Royals are averaging just 3.47 runs per game on offense this season while giving up 5.45 per contest.
Jakob Junis will be the starter for Kansas City on Sunday. He has started 17 games this year and has a 5-10 record with a 5.13 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Junis has pitched a total of 101.2 innings this season and has 92 strikeouts with 28 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Red Sox have won nine of Porcello’s last 12 starts against a losing team and 10 of his last 14 road starts.
The Royals have lost Junis’ last seven starts and his last five home starts. They also have lost five straight Sunday games.
Boston has been beating up Kansas City on both sides of the field. They have put up 25 runs in two games and are keeping Kansas City to minimal push back. Porcello shouldn’t have a problem keeping that going today. He is looking like his 2016 version this year and Junis won’t be able to match him.
The Pick: Boston Red Sox -1.5 (-160)