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Should Sale's Losing Record vs the Royals Worry BoSox Bettors?

The Kansas City Royals are firing on all cylinders right now and have begun the ascent up the AL Central standings as a result. Winners of eight of their last nine, K.C. will look to close the gap on the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians by knocking off the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Sportsbooks opened the Royals as +178 home underdogs with a total of 8.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Royals are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games at home after winning their most recent home game.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Red Sox' last eight games against left-handed starting pitchers.
  • The Red Sox are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games against teams with losing records.

Chris Sale and Matt Strahm will get the start for the Red Sox and Royals, respectively. In his last appearance against the struggling Philadelphia Phillies, Sale (8-3, 2.82 ERA) struck out 10 batters to reach double digits in strikeouts for the ninth time in his last 13 starts but still took the loss as the Red Sox offense failed to record a run. The hurler is 9-10 in his career vs the Royals with a 2.97 ERA.

Strahm (2-3, 3.67) made his first major league start on Thursday after making 41 appearances as a reliever over the last two seasons. The 25-year-old allowed one unearned run and three hits in five innings of a 7-2 triumph over the L.A. Angels.

The Red Sox have had all kinds of trouble against Kansas City of late, as Boston is a meagre 2-7 SU in its previous nine vs the Royals.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The moneyline was hovering in the range of 180 for the Kansas City Royals in this one over at Bovada. The over under number was sitting near 9.5 at 5Dimes.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.3-3.3 win for the Royals. 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

Kansas City (34-35) will face the 39-31 Red Sox in this tilt. 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

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Boston Red Sox rank No. 9 at 9.04 hits per game. That compares with the Kansas City Royals No. 22 ranking in that category.

Boston brings the No. 6-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Royals's No. 9-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-2 to Kansas City on Monday at Royals Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
  • Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
  • Kansas City is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Kansas City is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Kansas City's last 14 games
  • Kansas City is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Boston

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Kansas City, Wednesday, June 21st