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Kansas City Royals host Boston Red Sox in baseball action

Boston Red SoxKansas City Royals
Aug 9, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Odds

70-47TEAM RECORD59-53

Baseball bettors look for value at Kauffman Stadium on Friday as host Kansas City battles the Boston Red Sox in baseball odds action.

The Royals will turn to Ervin Santana and his 8-6 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Red Sox send Jake Peavy (9-4) to the hill.

View Boston vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Kansas City was a -106 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Royals at No. 3 in the American League and the Red Sox at No. 2 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas City's American League No. 11-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Red Sox offense rated No. 2 and scoring 5.1 runs per game in the league. The Royals have averaged 8.8 hits per game to date this season, less than the Red Sox hitters have managed (9.5 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 4.2 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 5-1 loser as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +101 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston looks to rebound from a loss to the Royals, who beat them 5-1 on Thursday behind a start from Bruce Chen at Kauffman Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 3-7
After a loss are 8-2

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Red Sox at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Boston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Kansas City is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Kansas City, Saturday, August 10