MLB Betting: Royals at Red Sox Odds
By Steven Wisner
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With the Royals pulling themselves back in the AL playoff picture and the Red Sox continuing a hard fought three-way battle in the AL East, these two teams will close out their three game series in primetime on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
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The Royals had their winning streak snapped at nine on Wednesday night as Jose Fernandez and the Marlins got the better of them, 3-0.
Even with the loss, the Royals are having a very Kansas City Royals type month, going 16-6 to get back in the wildcard hunt just when it looked like all hope was lost.
The team was running on fumes in July, going 7-19 and the extended runs into October in back-to-back seasons was wearing on a team decimated by injuries.
Here in August, the roster is getting back to health and that means refreshed players playing up to their potential. Still, while it all looks like sunshine and roses for the Royals right now, there’s concern about the series in Boston, including Sunday’s finale.
Kansas City is rolling, but this is still a team propped up by its home record. To date, this team is still 15-games under-.500 on the road.
Boston, on the other hand, returns home for the series after an extended road trip took them to four different cities to play 11 games in 11 days. They won’t get a break before the series with the Royals, but they will at least be at home where they’re 38-27.
Don’t look now, but the Royals hot-headed right-hander, Yordano Venutra, is showing his top of the rotation potential once again.
Overall, Ventura is just 9-9 with a 4.27 ERA and 1.328 WHIP in his 145 1/3 innings spread over 25 starts this season. Those numbers aren’t what Kansas City needs from the 25-year old they expected to be leading this staff already after they let James Shields walk a couple years ago.
While the overall season stats are a bit disappointing, the recent numbers are anything but. He’s in the midst of a stretch of six straight quality starts with his last outing the best of the bunch.
On Tuesday night, Ventura threw six scoreless against the Marlins. That came on the heels of a one run outing in six and a third against their rivals in Detroit. While the numbers in the Marlins game is a nice story, the performance against the Tigers was equally impressive given that lineup and the fact that was a team that’s seen him plenty over the last few years and knows what the ball looks like out of his hand.
All in all, during his last six starts, Ventura is pitching to a 2.31 ERA and has a 2.03 ERA in five August starts, going 3-0. It’s quite possible that Ventura has finally turned the corner. Since the All-Star break, he’s pitched to a 2.65 ERA in 51 innings and is a big reason for this team’s recent turnaround.
The Red Sox have yet to announce who they’re planning to send to the mound to counter Ventura, but it should be Eduardo Rodriguez’s turn should he be healthy enough to take the ball.
The 23-year old southpaw was pulled from a no-hitter on August 16 due to a hamstring injury and hasn’t pitched in a game since after being scratched from a start on Thursday.
Buchholz took the ball in place of E-Rod, allowing one run in six innings. He could be in line again if Rodriguez cannot go. He’s just 5-9 with a 5.18 ERA this year and has a 5.63 ERA as a starter, but his last three starts have resulted in only five earned runs in 16 2/3 innings.
Still, E-Rod would give the team the better chance to win with better stuff. The youngster was no-hitting the Orioles before his injury and since July 16, he’s started seven games, allowing three runs or less in each.
Much like Buchholz, Rodriguez had a bumpy start to the year, but his recent string of success is a bit longer than Buchholz’s. E-Rod’s earlier struggles was also in a much smaller sample size.
Kansas City is playing its best baseball of the year and, as has become the norm of recent years, the Royals’ bullpen has been lights out.
While names have come and gone, the bullpen ranks first in all of baseball with a 3.15 ERA and is in the midst of a streak of 34 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings following two and two thirds more scoreless innings on Wednesday.
The Red Sox’s bullpen isn’t too bad either. The unit got the loss on Wednesday in inning 11, but that came on a walk-off error.
Brad Ziegler and Craig Kimbrel both pitched in the game. The two gives the Sox a nice combination to cover the final two innings. With Fernando Abad having a rough start to his Red Sox career, the rest of the pen doesn’t quite stack up to the quality and quantity the Royals boast, even with Wade Davis still injured.
Of course while pitching wins championships and bullpens become more and more important as the season progresses into the final month, the Red Sox formula this year has been about getting enough pitching—both in the rotation and in the bullpen and letting the offense take care of the rest.
The Red Sox lineup continues to lead the world in runs scored. Meanwhile, the Royals offense is hitting well right now, helping to close the gap on offense. The team doesn’t have the stats the Sox have, but Kendrys Morales is swinging better and Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain are back. It’s no coincidence that the Royals are winning now. Pitching is part of it, but so is the offense.
It’s hard to bet against the Royals right now. Over the last 10 games, the only way to win was to send them against Jose Fernandez. E-Rod is good, but he’s not Fernandez.
The Royals are swinging well and should score off Rodriguez, leaving the main question: what can Ventura and the pen do to stop the Sox?
The key factor here may be the ballpark. Kauffman Stadium is a pitcher’s park while Fenway can give up home runs with the green monster looming in left-field. Boston can hit the long ball and with 20 allowed this year, Ventura can give them up.
Given Kansas City’s below .500 record on the road, the Sox’s deep lineup, if E-Rod can go, look to back the Sox in a close game, but if the line gets too big, don’t be afraid to fade either team.
MLB Odds: Red Sox 6, Royals 5