Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, Preview and Odds - 08/07/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 2:10 pm ET, Sunday, August 7, 2022
Venue:  Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Where to Watch:  BSKC

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Red Sox -130, Royals +110; Over/Under:  9 runs
Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  Red Sox -130, Royals +110; Over/Under:  9 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  Red Sox -130, Royals +110; Over/Under:  9 runs
 

Season Record

Boston Red Sox:  54-54 (5th place, AL East)
Kansas City Royals:  42-65 (4th place, AL Central)
 
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Recent Form
Boston Red Sox:  5-5 last 10
Kansas City Royals:  3-7 last 10
 
 
 

Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Preview and Analysis

 
The Red Sox were on a 2 game losing streak but now enter this game off of a win. They won their last series against the Houston Astros 2-1 in a 3-game series. They enter this game with a 54-54 record overall and have a road record of 28-27. This is the series finale of a 4-game series with the Royals on Sunday with the 3rd game still to be played on Saturday. Their offense ranks 12th in the MLB with a .721 OPS. Nathan Eovaldi is their starting pitcher on Saturday while Kutter Crawford is making his start in this game on Sunday. He is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA this season. His team won their last 2 straight games this season with him making an appearance. In his last start, he allowed 1 ER, 0 HRs, and 1 BB with 6 Ks on 7 hits through 6 IP against the Houston Astros. 
 
The Royals lost 3 of their last 4 games and enter this game off of a loss. They lost their last series against the Chicago White Sox 2-1 in a 3-game series. They enter this game with a 42-65 record overall and have a home record of 23-31. This is the 4th game of a 4-game series with the Red Sox on Sunday with the 3rd game still to be played on Saturday. Their offense ranks 24th in the MLB with a .686 OPS. Daniel Lynch is their starting pitcher on Saturday while Brad Keller is making his start in this game on Sunday. He is 5-12 with a 4.61 ERA this season. His team lost their last 3 straight games this season with him making an appearance. In his last start, he allowed 8 ER, 1 HR, and 1 BB with 3 Ks on 13 hits through 5.2 IP against the Chicago White Sox. 

 

Red Sox vs Royals Prediction

The current betting odds have the Red Sox as a slight favorite in this game. The Red Sox have not been playing well recently as they have gone into a big slump and are now the worst team in the AL East with their record. They have been playing better though and might just be pulling themselves out of their slump as they took game 2 of this series and even won their last series against the Astros. The Royals have not been great in their recent games but offense has been a big issue for them this season. They have one of the worst offenses in the MLB this season and they just traded away a lot of their leading scorers and other stat leaders on the team who were a big part of their offense. The Red Sox are starting to score more runs in their games now and their pitching has also been a lot better recently. Crawford is starting here and he was awful in his first few starts this season but he has been a lot better recently and has not been allowing many runs in his starts anymore. The Royals have Keller starting here though and he has been bad all season long, also coming off of a start where he allowed 8 runs. The Red Sox are going to score runs in this game with the way Keller has been pitching and Crawford has been a lot better recently, he will shut down the cold Royals offense here. The best way to place a bet here is on the Red Sox to win this game.
 
Red Sox Royals Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Sunday, August 7, 2022 (2:10 pm ET start time) is Red Sox 5 Royals 2.
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MLB Betting Trends

 
Boston Red Sox: 27-16 (+9.7 Units) ML when the total is 9 to 9.5. 87-84 (+10.3 Units) ML in road games. 22-14 OVER when the money line is -100 to -150.
Kansas City Royals: 42-65 (-13.1 Units) ML in all games. 23-31 (-8.7 Units) ML in home games. 18-13 OVER when the total is 9 to 9.5.
 

Key Injuries

 
Boston Red Sox:  R. Refsnyder (LF) Out indefinitely - Knee. E. Hernandez (CF) Mid Aug - Hip Flexor. T. Story (2B) Late Aug - Wrist.
Kansas City Royals:  A. Mondesi (SS) out for season - Knee. E. Olivares (CF) Out indefinitely - Quadricep. A. Zerpa (SP) Out indefinitely - Knee.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"Greinke is master of throwing pitches around the zone and getting people out. He's been really good throughout his career. We had to grind at-bats." - Alex Cora after his team’s win against the Royals on Friday.
 
 
"We're watching our younger guys have rough starts and then turn the page. He had three quality starts in a row. That puts yourself in a bind to think you're going to get through the sixth and keep the runs down after giving up two in the first.” - Mike Matheny after his team’s win against the Red Sox on Thursday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Boston Red Sox
Jarren Duran (L) CF
Tommy Pham (R) LF
Rafael Devers (L) 3B
Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
Alex Verdugo (L) RF
J.D. Martinez (R) DH
Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
Reese McGuire (L) C
Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B
 
Kansas City Royals
MJ Melendez (L) LF
Michael Massey (L) 2B
Salvador Perez (R) C
Vinnie Pasquantino (L) DH
Hunter Dozier (R) 3B
Nick Pratto (L) 1B
Nate Eaton (R) RF
Kyle Isbel (L) CF
Nicky Lopez (L) SS
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Boston Red Sox
Batting Average:  Reese McGuire (.429)
Hits:  Xander Bogaerts (120)
Home Runs:  Rafael Devers (23)
RBI:  Rafael Devers (59)
Stolen Bases:  Trevor Story (10)
Wins:  Nick Pivetta (8)
Saves:  Tanner Houck (8)
ERA:  Kevin Plawecki (0.00)
 
Kansas City Royals
Batting Average:  Maikel Garcia (.350)
Hits:  Bobby Witt (96)
Home Runs:  Salvador Perez (16)
RBI:  Bobby Witt (53)
Stolen Bases:  Bobby Witt (21)
Wins:  Brad Keller (5)
Saves:  Scott Barlow (17)
ERA:  Luke Weaver (0.00)
 
Managers:
Boston Red Sox: Alex Cora (4th season)
Kansas City Royals: Mike Matheny (3rd season)


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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