Kansas City Royals at Boston Red Sox 7/19/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/18/2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7:10 PM on FSKC, NESN
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Kansas City Royals - Duffy, D (5-9) vs. Boston Red Sox - De La Rosa, R (2-2)
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Danny Duffy will be looking to end his current two-game losing streak when he takes the mound for the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night against Rubby De La Rosa and the Boston Red Sox.
Danny Duffy pitched pretty well against the Detroit Tigers in his last start, but he ended up taking the loss after getting just one run from his offense. He gave up just two runs (one earned) in six innings of work that day while striking out six batters and walking no one. Duffy now has a 5-9 record on the year, but his excellent 2.76 ERA suggests that he deserves at least a couple more wins.
Red Sox veteran Mike Napoli has two hits in his three at-bats versus Duffy with a double, a home run and two RBI. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 3-for-7 against him with a double, a triple and three RBI.
Rubby De La Rosa ended up with a no decision in his last start after giving up three runs in five innings of work against the Boston Red Sox. He allowed six hits in that outing and walked no one while striking out three batters. Through six starts, De La Rosa is 2-2 with a very good 2.89 ERA and he has 33 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.
Royals third baseman Danny Valencia is hitless against De La Rosa with one strikeout, while designated hitter Billy Butler is 1-for-1 against him with a solo home run.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 44-45-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 38-54-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
07/13/14 CF Lorenzo Cain Leg questionable
07/11/14 LF Alex Gordon Wrist out indefinitely
07/09/14 P Jason Vargas Appendix 15-day DL (7/9)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Boston Red Sox
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
05/24/14 RF Shane Victorino Hamstring 15-day DL (5/24)
05/17/14 3B Will Middlebrooks Finger 15-day DL (5/16)
Josh's Pick: Take Kansas City
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