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Boston Red Sox take on Royals in baseball test

Boston Red SoxKansas City Royals
Aug 20, 7:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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The Boston Red Sox will look to grab a road win when they take on the Royals in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday in baseball odds action.

Kansas City sends Felipe Paulino out against Tim Wakefield for the Red Sox in this game. Paulino is 1-5 with a 3.97 ERA on the season, while Wakefield is 6-5 on the year and has a 4.92 ERA.

View Boston vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Kansas City sat as +120 underdogs. The total was set at 9.5.

Power Rankings:
The Royals sit at No. 9 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Red Sox sit at an American League No. 3 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas City's American League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.3 runs per game, against a Red Sox offense rated No. 2 and scoring 5.3 runs per game in the league. The Royals have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Red Sox hitters have managed (9.7 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the American League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 7-1 winner as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -121 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Royals, a 7-1 final on Friday in support of Andrew Miller at Kauffman Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

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

A few Red Sox at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Boston is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Kansas City's last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Boston
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Boston at Kansas City, Sunday, August 21