Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals 7/8/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, July 8, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Rick Porcello vs. Jakob Junis
Kauffman Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, July 8, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Rick Porcello for the Red Sox and Jakob Junis for the Royals.
Boston opens at -230 while Kansas City opens at +212. The Red Sox have a 42-44-3 over/under record and a 51-38-0 run line mark. The Royals are 35-52-0 against the run line and have a 34-49-4 over/under record.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 42-44-3 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 51-38-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 34-49-4 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 35-52-0 against the run line
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
07/06/18 1B Mitch Moreland Back is "?" Saturday vs Kansas City Royals
06/27/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (06/23)
06/05/18 P Drew Pomeranz Biceps 10-day DL (06/02)
06/02/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 10-day DL (05/30)
05/25/18 DH Hanley Ramirez None has been released
05/15/18 P Carson Smith Shoulder 60-day DL (05/15)
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
07/06/18 P Blaine Boyer Back 60-day DL (05/29)
07/03/18 P Ian Kennedy Oblique 10-day DL (06/30)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 10-day DL (06/16)
05/27/18 P Eric Skoglund Arm 60-day DL (05/26)
05/21/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 10-day DL (05/16)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 60-29 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Rick Porcello has a 10-3 record with an earned run average of 3.57 and a WHIP of 1.15 this year. He has 104 strikeouts over his 111 innings pitched and he's given up 102 hits. He's allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.62. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.24 and they have given up 240 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the bullpen and they've struck out 304 hitters and walked 110 batters. As a team, Boston allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.57. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 702 base hits and 318 earned runs. They have allowed 91 home runs this season, ranking them 20th in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 269 batters and struck out 852. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.59.
As a team Boston is hitting .267, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .459 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Andrew Benintendi is hitting .281 with an on-base percentage of .363. He has 92 hits this season in 327 at bats with 53 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .492 and an OPS+ of 127. J.D. Martinez is hitting .328 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .392. He has totaled 106 hits and he has driven in 73 men in 323 at bats. His OPS+ is 173 while his slugging percentage is at .647. The Red Sox have 829 hits, including 190 doubles and 127 home runs. Boston has walked 282 times so far this season and they have struck out 687 times as a unit. They have left 610 men on base and have a team OPS of .791. They score 5.25 runs per contest and have scored a total of 467 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 25-62 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.13, Jakob Junis has a 5-10 record and a 1.29 WHIP this season. He has 92 strikeouts over the 101.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 103 hits. He allows 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.46. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.02 and they have given up 295 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .266 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 215 batters and walked 125 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.23. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 831 base knocks and 450 earned runs this season. They have given up 125 home runs this year, which ranks 1st in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 295 hitters and struck out 608 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.91.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 22nd in the league. The Royals hold a .364 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .298, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Mike Moustakas comes into this matchup batting .258 with an OBP of .312. He has 83 hits this year along with 55 RBI in 322 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .478 with an OPS+ of 115. Whit Merrifield is hitting .290 this season and he has an OBP of .359. He has collected 94 hits in 324 at bats while driving in 28 runs. He has an OPS+ of 114 and a slugging percentage of .414. The Royals as a unit have 703 base hits, including 143 doubles and 69 homers. Kansas City has walked 223 times this year and they have struck out on 657 occasions. They have had 574 men left on base and have an OPS of .662. They have scored 3.47 runs per game and totaled 302 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals +212
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