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MLB BASEBALL

Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

A winning streak will be on the line for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday when they battle the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

The Red Sox will give the ball to starter Jon Lester in this one. Lefthander Lester is 10-6 this season with a 4.52 ERA.

It'll be Bruce Chen toeing the rubber for the Royals in this contest. Lefthander Chen is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA so far this season.

Boston was a 7-5 winner in its last match on the road against the Astros. They won as -170 favorites, while the total score of 12 made winners of OVER bettors.

The Royals were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Twins. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -148 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Current streak:
Boston has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 70-46 SU
Kansas City: 58-53 SU

Boston most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games on the road
Boston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Kansas City is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City's last 15 games

Next up:
Kansas City home to Boston, Friday, August 9