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Royals Continue to Be a Fantastic OVER Bet

Despite lingering below the surface for the majority of the 2017 MLB campaign, the Kansas City Royals are climbing back into the race for the AL Central and will look to bolster that push against the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Sportsbooks opened the BoSox as slight -102 road favorites with a total of 9.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Red Sox are 2-6 SU in their last eight games against the Royals.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Red Sox' last eight games on the road against the Royals.
  • The Royals are 2-6 SU in their last eight games at home with Jason Hammel as the starting pitcher.

Hector Velazquez and Jason Hammel will get the start for the Sox and Royals, respectively. Velazquez (1-1, 6.48 ERA) is making his second major-league start after shutting out Philadelphia in his debut. The hurler allowed one hit and one walk over 3 1/3 innings on Wednesday to record the victory in relief.

Hammel (3-6, 5.05) has recorded a pair of wins and a 2.21 ERA in three consecutive quality starts this month. The 34-year-old has struck out 15 batters and walked only one in 20 1/3 innings in June after struggling in May.

The OVER continues to be a fantastic bet when the Royals hit the field. In Kansas City's last nine, the OVER is 7-2.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Kansas City Royals as 103 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Royals to win this game 6.2-3.0. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Royals bring a 33-35 record to the battle against the 39-30 Red Sox. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Boston injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Kansas City Royals at No. 15 and the Boston Red Sox at No. 12 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has baseball's No. 27-rated offensive output, at 8.29 hits per game. The Boston Red Sox average 9.03 hits per game, good for No. 10 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.35 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 27 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Red Sox grabbed a win last time out, defeating Joe Musgrove and the Astros 6-5 on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

Kansas City got the job done in their last match in a 7-3 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday at Angel Stadium behind starter J Vargas.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
  • Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
  • Boston is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Kansas City
  • Kansas City is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Kansas City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City's last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Kansas City, Tuesday, June 20th