Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/3/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Sunday, September 3, 2023
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Kauffman Stadium is the site where the Kansas City Royals (41-94) will play the Boston Red Sox (69-65) on Sunday. The expected starting pitchers will be Chris Sale and Zack Greinke.
As a team, the Boston Red Sox are scoring 5.0 runs per contest, which puts them at 8th in MLB. They are sitting with 665 runs scored and have an OBP of .331. The Red Sox have accumulated 291 doubles as a team and have hit 159 baseballs out of the park. They have accumulated 638 RBI's as well as 1,218 base knocks for the year, while their average at the plate is .265. Boston has a slugging percentage of .438 and have been called out on strikes 1,084 times, while taking a walk on 412 occasions.
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Their K/BB ratio is 2.90 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.34. Red Sox pitchers have conceded 176 home runs and also 638 total runs (19th in baseball). Boston has conceded 1,192 hits (9.1 per 9 innings) and 589 earned runs. The Red Sox have compiled a team ERA of 4.48 for the year (19th in the league), and the staff has rung up 1,159 hitters. They have walked 399 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.42 as a squad for the year.
The Red Sox have sent 422 relievers to the hill on the year. The relievers have inherited 145 base runners this season with 28.3% of those runners crossed the plate. They have 39 saves this season and have blown 12 of 51 chances to save the game. The Red Sox bullpen have a save percentage of 76.5% and stepped onto the hill in 112 save situations. The relievers have tallied 60 holds over the course of the season (25th in baseball). Red Sox bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 95 times as well as having 119 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Boston Red Sox are sitting with 3,498 putouts this year, in addition to 1,174 assists and 91 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .981 which has them ranked 30th in the majors, and have accumulated 115 double plays. The Red Sox have turned 67.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of 10,494 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 28th in MLB.
Sale has taken the mound for 1,755 innings and has racked up 2,160 strikeouts during his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.11 (606 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.049. He has allowed 1,433 hits (7.3 hits per nine innings) and has 408 walks. Sale (119-78 career mark) has earned a FIP of 2.96 and he has faced 7,081 opposing hitters in the majors.
Kansas City has compiled 128 HRs this season and 510 runs batted in. They have hit 217 doubles, while getting a free base 325 times as well as putting up 530 runs. The Kansas City Royals have accumulated a team OBP of .297 and a batting average of .240 this season. The Royals hold a slugging % of .389 and they score 3.93 runs per game (29th in the league). They have struck out on 1,153 occasions (16th in MLB) and have 1,083 base hits.
The Kansas City pitching staff have surrendered 722 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 5.23 (681 earned runs conceded). They have allowed 175 home runs and they surrender 5.54 runs per 9 innings (28th in MLB). The Royals hold a team WHIP of 1.417 and have a FIP of 4.74 as a squad for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 8.20 (1,068 strikeouts vs 464 bases on balls). They come in at 26th in MLB as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,198.
Kansas City relievers have an inherited score percentage of 36.7% out of their 150 inherited runners. Their relievers have taken the field 111 times in high leverage situations in addition to 93 occasions with base runners. With 90 save situations, the Royals have 51 holds in addition to 20 blown saves. They are ranked 27th in baseball holding a save percentage of 48.7%, and they have sent 440 relievers onto the field this year. Kansas City has called on relievers to take the mound in 39 save opportunities and they have earned 19 saves.
In their 10,395 innings played, the Royals hold a efficiency on defense of 68.2% (23rd in baseball). The Kansas City Royals have turned 99 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (12th in pro baseball). The Royals have 1,136 assists, 64 errors and have accounted for 3,465 putouts so far this year.
So far in his pro baseball career, Greinke has allowed 3,183 base knocks while he has totaled 2,962 K's in 3,366 innings. Greinke (224-154 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.49 earned run average and has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has surrendered a total of 1,305 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.170 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.5. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.92 and he has gone up against 13,780 hitters in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston
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