Boston Coming Off Friday Night Win
The Boston Red Sox try to move above .500 with a second straight win when they take on the host Kansas City Royals in the third of a four-game weekend series on Saturday night. Boston is in last place in the AL East standings, two games behind the fourth-place Baltimore Orioles. Kansas City has dropped three of its last four and sits in fourth place in the AL Central, a half-game ahead of the last-place Detroit Tigers.
Red Sox Offense Wakes Up
The Boston Red Sox had been struggling to score runs heading into Friday night, tallying just nine in their previous four games. But Boston’s bats came alive, putting seven runs on the board in a win, thanks in part to Xander Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo, who combined for 7 of the team’s 13 hits.
“It felt good. From top to bottom, a lot of really good at-bats,” Verdugo said. “We know (Royals starter Zack) Greinke. We know he kind of relies on over-aggression and expanding the strike zone. I think we did a really good job of making him come to us and then hitting the mistakes.”
Bogaerts went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. The shortstop is fifth in baseball with a .315 batting average, adding 28 doubles, nine home runs, 47 RBIs, and 59 runs scored.
Verdugo had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored twice in the win. He’s batting .269 with 24 doubles, six home runs, 52 RBIs, and 41 runs scored.
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will get the start for the Red Sox. The 32-year-old is 5-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 16 starts, striking out 86 over 87⅔ innings. He picked up the win in his last outing against the Houston Astros on Monday, going 6⅓ innings and allowing two unearned runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two.
Perez, Witt Carrying Load for Royals
With the dealing of Andrew Benintendi and Whit Merrifield at the deadline, the onus of carrying the Kansas City Royals offensively has fallen to veteran Salvador Perez and rookie Bobby Witt Jr. Both are doing their part to keep Kansas City competitive, but they are going to need some help.
Perez had a solo home run on Friday night but struck out three times as well.
Witt has four hits and two RBIs over the first two games. He’s batting .257 with 19 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs, 53 RBIs, and 54 runs scored in his first major league season.
Left-hander Daniel Lynch will try to shut down the Boston offense when he makes his 17th start of the season Saturday. Lynch is 4-7 with a 4.70 ERA, striking out 80 over 76⅔ innings. He’s coming off a solid effort in his last start, throwing 5⅓ shutout innings against the Chicago White Sox, allowing just six hits while striking out seven and walking none.
Red Sox vs City Royals Head-To-Head
The Boston Red Sox are looking to win the season series against the Kansas City Royals for the fourth straight time. The Red Sox have dominated the Royals since the start of the 2018 campaign, going 16-5 over that span.
Playing at home hasn’t always been an advantage for the Royals, who took last year’s series at Kauffman Stadium 2-1 but were swept in the previous two series against the Red Sox at the venue. The MLB lines for Saturday’s contest are giving the edge to the visitors once again as they look to take the lead in the series.
Red Sox vs City Royals Game Information
- Game: Red Sox (54-54) vs City Royals (42-65)
- Location: Kauffman Stadium
- Day/Time: Saturday, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Red Sox vs Royals Betting Lines
|-140||9½ -105o||4½ +115u|
|Royals||+125||9½ -115u||3½ +115u|
Red Sox vs Royals Prediction
The Boston Red Sox have a number of solid bats in their lineup, and those are starting to come through. The Kansas City Royals have been depleted this week and will struggle to score in yet another loss.
When making your MLB picks, take Boston to win on the road.