Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox, Friday, Las Vegas Odds, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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53-47, 2nd in American League Central July 28, 7:10 PM | Grass of Fenway Park 56-47, 1st in American League East
Kansas City at Boston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, July 28, 2017
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Kansas City, NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Jason Vargas (12-4, 3.08 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH David Price (5-3, 3.82)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Kansas City Royals [J. Vargas -L] +1½ -150 +140 Ov 9½ -107
Boston Red Sox [R. Porcello -R] -1½ +130 -150 Un 9½ -113
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The Kansas City Royals will be trying to extend a winning streak on Friday when they take on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The Royals will trot Jason Vargas out to the mound in this one. Left hander Vargas has a 12-4 record and a 3.08 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it’ll be David Price who starts for the Red Sox. Left hander Price is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA so far this season.

Vargas is winless in his last three starts and allowed a total of 14 runs and 22 hits in 12 2/3 innings during that span. The best start of the bunch came against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, when the California native was held out of the decision while yielding two runs and seven hits in five frames. Vargas is 2-3 with a 3.74 ERA in seven career starts against Boston and has held first baseman Mitch Moreland to 3-for-17.

Price had a run of seven straight starts allowing three or fewer earned runs come to an end at the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, when he was lit up for six runs – five earned – on seven hits and three walks in five innings. The former No. 1 overall pick had his best start of the season the previous time out, when he put up eight scoreless innings against the New York Yankees. Price has yet to lose to Kansas City in his career, posting a 4-0 mark with a 2.13 ERA in eight games – seven starts.

Oddsmakers currently have the Red Sox listed as 150-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

The Boston Red Sox made it back from the west coast still in first place in the American League East, but things certainly could have gone better. The Kansas City Royals, who visit the Red Sox for the opener of a three-game series on Friday, are on their own quest for first place and look like the hottest team in baseball with wins in eight straight.

The Royals began their nine-game road trip by sweeping the Detroit Tigers and capped the series with a 16-2 victory on Wednesday – the second time in the last seven games that they pushed across 16 runs. “As a team, we’re in a good spot right now,” Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer told reporters after highlighting his team’s Wednesday thrashing of the Tigers by going 5-for-6 with six RBIs and five runs scored. Boston went 2-4 on its west coast trip, with the four losses sandwiched between the two wins, and suddenly has the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays nipping at its heels in the AL East. The Red Sox will try to silence the hot Royals bats with former Cy Young Award winner David Price on Friday while Kansas City counters with All-Star Jason Vargas.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 4-0 winner as they battled the Mariners on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -205 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Kansas City won its last outing, a 16-2 result against the Tigers on July 26. Bettors who backed the Royals at 100 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (18) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Kansas City:
Team record: 53-47 SU
Current Streak: won 8 straight games.
Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games

Team record: 56-47 SU
Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston’s last 13 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Boston Saturday, July 29


1. Red Sox 3B Eduardo Nunez, who was acquired in a trade from the San Francisco Giants earlier in the week, is expected to be in uniform on Friday.

2. Kansas City 2B Whit Merrifield drove in nine runs in his last seven games.

3. Boston SS Xander Bogaerts is 4-for-38 in his last nine starts and is batting .141 in July.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Kansas City Royals will win outright at +140 and the game will go over 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Royals 8, Red Sox 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.37 RUNS 4.65
4.40 RUNS AGNST 4.04
-0.03 DIFF 0.61
$1,063 MONEY -$391
4.19 TEAM ERA 3.70
8.71 OFF HITS 8.96
2.42 OFF WALKS 3.52
7.53 OFF Ks 7.28
8.83 DEF HITS 8.54
3.18 DEF WALKS 2.76
7.60 DEF Ks 9.49
Wade Davis P 15-Day Disabled List
Luke Hochevar P 15-Day Disabled List
Tim Collins P 60-Day Disabled List
Kris Medlen P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Minor P 60-Day Disabled List
Mike Moustakas 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Jason Vargas P 60-Day Disabled List
Ryan Hannigan C 15-Day Disabled List
Josh Rutledge 2B 15-Day Disabled List
Pablo Sandoval 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Carson Smith P 15-Day Disabled List
Blake Swihart C 15-Day Disabled List
Brandon Workman P 15-Day Disabled List
Koji Uehara P 15-Day Disabled List
Andrew Benintendi OF 15-Day Disabled List
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games on the road
Kansas City is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing Boston
Kansas City is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston’s last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Boston is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Kansas City’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense 4.4 11 4.0 2
Kansas City’s Away Scoring vs Boston’s Home Defense 4.4 9 3.9 2
Kansas City’s Road ERA vs Boston’s Home ERA Allowed 4.4 5 4.0 13
Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas City’s Overall Defense 4.7 7 4.4 6
Boston’s Home Scoring vs Kansas City’s Road Defense 4.5 12 4.5 5
Boston’s Home ERA vs Kansas City’s Road ERA Allowed 3.3 1 3.9 10
Royals have the third-lowest base on balls in the league at 2.6 per game.
Royals strike out less than any team in the league with 6.5 per game.
Royals are the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 3.7 runs per game.
Red Sox are the highest scoring team in the league at 5.3 runs per game.
Red Sox have the second best hits stat in the league at 9.7 per game.
Red Sox are second in the league in free passes at 3.6 per game.


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