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Red Sox visit Kansas City Royals in MLB clash

Boston Red SoxKansas City Royals
May 7, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Boston duelling Kansas City on Monday at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals will turn to Jonathan Sanchez and his 1-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Red Sox send Felix Doubront (1-1) to the hill.

View Boston vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Royals as +105 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 9.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Royals, most recently No. 13 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Red Sox, who rate an American League No. 3 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has the American League's No. 11-rated offensive output, at 8.9 hits per game. The Red Sox average 9.8 hits per game, good for No. 2 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 12-rated road mark, allowing 4.7 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring at home.

The Red Sox were a 9-6 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Orioles. That made winners of bettors who got Baltimore at +147 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors. The Red Sox got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Baltimore on Sunday; it was a 9-6 final at Fenway Park in MLB wagering action.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 10-4 loser at home against the Yankees. Bettors on New York at -122 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (14) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in Luke Hochevar's start, as they lost 10-4 against New York on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Baltimore are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few Red Sox at Royals trends to consider:
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Boston
Kansas City is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Kansas City, Tuesday, May 8