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Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

Kansas City RoyalsBoston Red Sox
April 20, 1:10 PM | GrassFenway Park

Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Odds


The Boston Red Sox will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Kansas City Royals invade Fenway Park on Saturday.

The Red Sox will turn to Clay Buchholz and his 3-0 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Royals send James Shields (1-2) to the hill.

View Kansas City vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Royals listed as underdogs of +-154 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 3 (Red Sox) and the No. 6 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 3-rated American League offense, averaging 5 runs per game, against a Royals defense that ranks No. 3 in the American League at 3.4 in runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have averaged 8.8 hits per game so far, less than Royals batters have averaged on the year (9 hits per game).

Defensively, Kansas City features the American League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the American League at home, scoring 3.3 runs per game.

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

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Royals at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City's last 16 games
Kansas City is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Kansas City is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games at home
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

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