On Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox will take on the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City. The Red Sox are coming off a 2-1 series loss to the Yankees and are 30-29 on the year. The Royals are coming off a 3-1 series loss to the Rangers and are 19-40 this season.
Boston Limping In
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of the series 8-5 against the Yankees on Sunday. David Price had a good start for the Sox, going 6 1/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 6. The bullpen was subpar, allowing 3 runs over 2 2/3 innings of work. Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run and JD Martinez went 2 for 5 with a homer. Michael Chavis went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI. Andrew Benintendi and Eduardo Nunez each had 2 hits with an RBI.
Eduardo Rodriguez will be on the mound for Boston in this one. He is 5-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 11 starts this year with a 1.40 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. Last year he went 13-5 with a 3.82 ERA in 27 appearances. The Red Sox have had success against Sparkman in minimal at bats, going 10 for 16 as a team. Andrew Benintendi is 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and Mookie Betts is 2 for 3. Xander Bogaerts is 1 for 1 with a double while Jackie Bradley Jr, Mitch Moreland, and Steve Pearce are each 1 for 1 with a single.
Kansas City Bad Bad Baseball Team
The Royals are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. Brad Keller got the start and went 7 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and no walks and struck out 6. The bullpen came in and gave up 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks over just 1 inning of work. The Royals recorded 10 hits in the game but only managed to score 1 run. Cheslor Cuthbert went 3 for 4 and was the only Royal with multiple hits. Jorge Soler went 1 for 3 with a solo home run and Adalberto Mondesi went 1 for 5 with a triple. Five other Royals recorded singles in the ballgame.
Glenn Sparkman will get the start for the Royals on Tuesday. He has 10 appearances, but this will be just his 3rd start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with 17 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings. Last year, he appeared in 15 games and went 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA. The Royals have also had success against their opposing pitcher, going 12 for 36 off of Rodriguez. Whit Merrifield is 5 for 6 with a double and Alex Gordon is 3 for 7. Martin Maldonado is 1 for 3 with a home run. Jorge Soler and Cheslor Cuthbert each have 1 hit off Rodriguez.
Boston Trips Kansas City
The Red Sox are -190. Boston appears to have the pitching advantage in this one even though the Royals have had success against Rodriguez. Also, Boston is just the better team here. They are not great on the road at 16-17, but the Royals are just 11-17 at home. Boston has gone just 4-6 in their last 10 but Kansas City has done worse, going 2-8 over their last 10. Boston will hammer Sparkman and get to the bullpen early en route to an easy win. Take the Red Sox -190.
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