Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 8/4/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
The Boston Red Sox (53-52) are headed to Kauffman Stadium on Thursday where they will go up against the Kansas City Royals (41-63). The expected starting pitchers will be Nick Pivetta and Kris Bubic.
The Red Sox have hit 236 two-baggers as a team and have hit 102 baseballs out of the park. Boston has a slugging percentage of .409 and have struck out 881 times, while drawing a walk on 297 occasions. As a unit, the Boston Red Sox are compiling 4.5 runs per game, which puts them at 11th in MLB. They have earned 451 runs batted in and 916 base knocks for the year, while their team batting average sits at .254. They have 473 runs scored and have an OBP of .314.
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The Red Sox hold a team ERA of 4.25 over the course of the season (24th in the league), and they have rung up 885 hitters. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.63 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.31. Red Sox pitchers have allowed 113 long balls and 488 total runs (24th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 337 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.04 as a team so far this year.
The Red Sox bullpen have recorded a save percentage of 51.1% and has stepped onto the mound in 107 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 167 runners on the season and 35.9% of those runners earned a run for their team. Red Sox bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 115 times and also have had 122 appearances in high leverage situations. The Red Sox have dispatched 384 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The relievers have 62 holds on the campaign (9th in the league). They have compiled 23 saves for the year and have missed out on 22 of their 45 save chances.
The Red Sox have converted 68.9% of balls in play into outs out of 7,869 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 21st in baseball. The Boston Red Sox have a tally of 2,623 putouts for the season, in addition to 868 assists and 57 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which is 19th in baseball, and they have twisted 86 double plays.
Pivetta has thrown 680 innings and has totaled 723 K's so far in his career. Pivetta (38-46 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.45 while he has gone up against 2,935 opposing batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 5.04 (381 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.382. He has conceded 678 hits (9.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 262 walks.
The Kansas City Royals are sitting with a team OBP of .309 as well as a team batting average of .245 on the year. They have struck out on 814 occasions (23rd in the league) and are sitting with 861 base knocks. Kansas City has tallied 84 home runs this year as well as 380 runs batted in. The Royals hold a slugging percentage of .377 and they are earning 3.83 runs per game (26th in MLB). They have 161 doubles, while taking a walk 304 times as well as notching 398 runs.
The Kansas City pitching staff have conceded 527 runs on the year while having a team ERA of 4.71 (477 earned runs yielded). They have surrendered 112 long balls and they relinquish 5.20 runs per 9 innings (27th in the league). The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.466 in addition to having a FIP of 4.49 as a unit on the campaign. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.90 (762 strikeouts against 401 free passes). They are sitting at 27th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 936.
Kansas City relievers have an inherited score percentage of 31.8% out of 192 inherited base runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 124 times in high leverage situations and also on 122 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 100 save situations, the Royals have accumulated 58 holds and 15 blown saves. They rank 19th in the league with a save rate of 60.5%, and they have dispatched 364 relievers to the hill this season. Kansas City has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 38 save opportunities and they have walked away with 23 saves.
The Kansas City Royals have gotten 87 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .985 (13th in MLB). The Royals have racked up 907 assists, 51 errors and have amassed 2,559 putouts for the year. In 7,677 innings on the diamond, the Royals are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 68.3% (24th in baseball).
During his career, Bubic has surrendered 253 hits while earning 224 strikeouts in 254 frames. He has allowed 133 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.467 and having a FIP of 5.1. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.87 and he has gone up against 1,113 batters during his career. Bubic (9-19 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 4.71 earned run average while conceding 9.0 hits per 9 innings.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston
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