Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 8/7/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2022
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-130) Kansas City (+110)
The Kansas City Royals (42-65) will try to beat the Boston Red Sox (54-54) at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday. The odds on this game have Boston at -130 while Kansas City is sitting at +110. The betting total is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Kutter Crawford and Brad Keller.
Boston has a slugging rate of .407 and have been called out on strikes 905 times, while drawing a walk on 307 occasions. They have amassed 462 runs batted in and 939 hits on the year, and their average at the plate is at .253. The Red Sox have hit 244 doubles as a team and have knocked 103 baseballs out of the park. They have racked up 484 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .314. As a team, the Boston Red Sox are notching 4.5 runs per game, which ranks them 12th in baseball.
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The Red Sox have a team earned run average of 4.30 this season (24th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 907 hitters. Their K/BB ratio is 2.63 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.31. Red Sox pitchers have surrendered 117 home runs and 505 runs (24th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 345 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.05 as a squad so far this year.
The Red Sox have dispatched 394 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 171 runners this season and 36.3% of those players ended up scoring. They have accumulated 23 saves so far this year and have blown 22 of their 45 save opportunities. The Red Sox relievers have recorded a save percentage of 51.1% and has stepped onto the mound in 107 save situations. The bullpen have earned 62 holds for the season (10th in baseball). Red Sox relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 117 times in addition to having 123 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Red Sox have converted 68.7% of baseballs in play into outs in their 8,661 innings, which has them sitting at 23rd in professional baseball. The Boston Red Sox have earned 2,887 putouts this year, in addition to 967 assists and 63 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .984 which ranks 19th in baseball, and have a total of 95 double plays.
Crawford has taken the mound for 55 innings and has accumulated 58 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. Crawford (3-4 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.74 and he has faced 237 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.53 (28 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.311. He has allowed 54 base hits (8.7 hits per nine innings) with 19 free passes.
The Kansas City Royals have compiled a team OBP of .308 and a batting average of .245 for the season. They have been called out on strikes on 844 instances (23rd in the league) and have 885 hits. Kansas City has accumulated 88 long balls on the season as well as 392 RBIs. The Royals have a team SLG% of .378 and they score 3.83 runs per game (26th in baseball). They have hit 164 doubles, while getting a free base 313 times and putting up 410 runs.
The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.470 and have a FIP of 4.46 as a staff for the year. They are sitting at 28th in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 967. The Kansas City pitching staff have allowed 541 runs on the year while having an ERA of 4.70 (490 earned runs relinquished). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.90 (782 strikeouts against 412 walks). They have conceded 113 HR's and they relinquish 5.19 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball).
With 101 save situations, the Royals have earned 58 holds in addition to 16 blown saves. Kansas City has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 39 save chances and they have tallied 23 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 125 times in high leverage situations and on 125 occasions with base runners. Kansas City bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 31.0% out of their 197 inherited runners. They are ranked 22nd in the league with a save percentage of 59.0%, and they have sent 373 bullpen pitchers to the mound for the season.
In their 8,445 innings on the diamond, the Royals have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 68.1% (27th in MLB). The Kansas City Royals have gotten 98 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (15th in pro baseball). The Royals have accrued 1,004 assists, 59 errors and have notched a total of 2,815 putouts on the season.
Keller (34-47 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 4.12 ERA and has given up 8.9 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.86 and he has faced 2,607 hitters so far in his MLB career. He has conceded a total of 278 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.385 and having a FIP of 4.2. So far in his MLB career, Keller has surrendered 599 base hits while accumulating 449 punch outs in 607 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+110)
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