Kansas City Royals at Boston Red Sox 5/2/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Duffy vs. Drew Pomeranz
The Kansas City Royals head to Fenway Park on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 to take on the Boston Red Sox. The expected starting pitchers are Danny Duffy for the Royals and Drew Pomeranz for the Red Sox.
The odds for this matchup have Kansas City at +178 and Boston at -190. The Royals have a 10-16-2 over/under mark and a 9-19-0 run line record. The Red Sox are 13-15-0 against the run line and have a 15-12-1 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 10-16-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 9-19-0 against the run line
Important Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 15-12-1 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 13-15-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
04/30/18 3B Mike Moustakas Arm left last game, is "?" Tuesday vs Boston Red Sox
04/25/18 P Justin Grimm Back 10-day DL (04/22)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 10-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)
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
05/01/18 2B Brock Holt Hamstring 10-day DL (04/27)
04/30/18 RF Mookie Betts Hamstring missed last game, is "?" Tuesday vs Kansas City Royals
04/27/18 P Joe Kelly Suspension 6-game suspension
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/30/18 P Tyler Thornburg Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/29/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 10-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 7-21 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy has a 0-3 record with an earned run average of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.45 this year. He has 28 strikeouts over his 31.2 innings pitched and he's given up 32 hits. He allows 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.81. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.42 and they have given up 105 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .289 against the bullpen and they've struck out 63 hitters and walked 42 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.8 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.33. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 260 base hits and 147 earned runs. They have allowed 37 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 92 batters and struck out 186. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.90.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .243, good for 14th in the league. The Royals hold a .366 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Mike Moustakas is hitting .302 with an on-base percentage of .336. He has 35 hits this season in 116 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .578 and an OPS+ of 144. Whit Merrifield is hitting .266 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .336. He has totaled 29 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 109 at bats. His OPS+ is 102 while his slugging percentage is at .404. The Royals have 233 hits, including 45 doubles and 22 home runs. Kansas City has walked 86 times so far this season and they have struck out 200 times as a unit. They have left 212 men on base and have a team OPS of .681. They score 3.39 runs per contest and have scored a total of 95 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 21-7 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 7.27, Drew Pomeranz has a 0-1 record and a 1.73 WHIP this season. He has 11 strikeouts over the 8.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 11 hits. He allows 11.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.54. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.47 and they have given up 80 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 102 batters and walked 35 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.34. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 218 base knocks and 95 earned runs this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 80 hitters and struck out 268 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.16 while their FIP as a staff is 3.36.
As a team, they are batting .273, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.6 hits per contest. Mookie Betts comes into this matchup batting .344 with an OBP of .439. He has 31 hits this year along with 18 RBI in 90 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .733 with an OPS+ of 206. J.D. Martinez is hitting .337 this season and he has an OBP of .384. He has collected 34 hits in 101 at bats while driving in 22 runs. He has an OPS+ of 152 and a slugging percentage of .574. The Red Sox as a unit have 270 base hits, including 74 doubles and 32 homers. Boston has walked 93 times this year and they have struck out on 214 occasions. They have had 198 men left on base and have an OPS of .790. They have scored 5.68 runs per game and totaled 159 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals +178
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