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Jon Lester, Danny Duffy take mound in Royals vs Red Sox tilt

Boston Red SoxKansas City Royals
Aug 21, 2:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Odds

76-49TEAM RECORD52-75

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

For the Royals, Danny Duffy gets the ball, charged with keeping the Red Sox hitters off the base paths. He'll face Jon Lester, 12-6 on the year.

View Boston vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Royals in this one will find them as +200 underdogs on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 9-rated Royals and the league No. 3-ranked Red Sox, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kansas City's No. 6-rated American League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Red Sox defense that ranks No. 8 in the American League at 4.2 in runs allowed per game. The Royals have averaged 9.3 hits per game so far, less than Red Sox batters have averaged on the year (9.7 hits per game).

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 9-4 loser as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +113 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Boston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 9-4 to Kansas City on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 3-7
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

A few Red Sox at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Boston is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kansas City's last 12 games when playing at home against Boston
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Texas, Monday, August 22
Kansas City at Toronto, Tuesday, August 23