Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals 9/11/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/10/2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City
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Clay Buchholz (7-8), who has won two starts in a row, will take the mound for the Boston Red Sox when they face Liam Hendriks (1-1) and the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
Last week against the Toronto Blue Jays, Clay Buchholz pitched 6.1 innings and ended up with his seventh win of the year. He gave up just two runs on four base hits in that game while striking out five batters and walking two. Buchholz now has a 5.29 ERA on the season and he has struck out 112 hitters in 146.1 innings of work.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is 5-for-11 against Buchholz in his career with a double, a home run and two RBI. Billy Butler is just 3-for-15 against him with no extra-base hits and two strikeouts.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks made his second start as a member of the Royals last week and was defeated by the New York Yankees. He could only make it through four innings in that outing after giving up four runs (three earned) on seven base hits while walking zero and striking out three. Hendriks has a 4.81 ERA this season, but he has only walked four batters in 24.1 innings.
Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has three hits in 11 at-bats against Hendriks in his career with a home run and four RBI. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 3-for-3 against him with a double and a triple.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 60-81-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.6
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 62-74-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
09/10/14 CF Brock Holt Illness questionable
09/10/14 2B Dustin Pedroia Hand out indefinitely
09/10/14 1B Mike Napoli Rest questionable
09/10/14 3B Will Middlebrooks Illness questionable
08/01/14 RF Shane Victorino Back 15-day DL (7/30)
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
Kansas City Royals
09/10/14 P Greg Holland Tricep questionable
09/08/14 P Danny Duffy Shoulder questionable
09/03/14 2B Christian Colon Finger out indefinitely
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Kansas City
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