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James Shields, Clay Buchholz Take Mound in Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Tilt

Kansas City Royals


Boston Red Sox
Friday, July 18, 2014 7:10 PM ET
Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox battle the visiting Kansas City Royals on Friday in MLB betting odds action at Fenway Park.

The match puts starter James Shields for the Kansas City Royals on the hill facing Clay Buchholz for the Boston Red Sox. Shields brings a 9-5 mark to the game, while Buchholz is 4-5 to date on the season.

Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Opening Odds and Betting Line

Betting fans looking to pick the Boston Red Sox in this matchup found them as -125 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 8.5 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Bovada.

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Computer Prediction: Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Pick

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.1-3.7 win for the Royals on Friday. Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 4.1-3.7 result in favor of the Royals today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Red Sox sport a record of 43-52 heading into this matchup, while the Kansas City Royals sit at 48-46 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Kansas City injuries news.

This game puts the Boston Red Sox, most recently No. 19 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Kansas City Royals, who rate a No. 20 in the latest survey.

How Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Stats Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Kansas City Royals rank No. 5 at 9.14 hits per game. That compares with the Boston Red Sox No. 21 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Kansas City features the No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.64 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 at home, scoring 3.82 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City was a 5-2 winner in its last match at home against the Tigers. They won as +125 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Royals enjoyed a 5-2 victory at the expense of the Tigers on Sunday, with Bruce Chen throwing 1 2/3 innings of 1-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium.

In their last action, Boston was a 11-0 winner on the road against the Astros. Bettors on Boston at -131 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Boston enjoyed a laugher in their last game on Sunday, running up a 11-0 score against the Astros.

Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox Betting Odds Trends

Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Kansas City is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing Boston
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games at home

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Kansas City at Boston, Saturday, July 19th