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Red Sox and Royals Open a 3-Game Set

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Royals and Red Sox Both Play Well

The fans at Royals Stadium will see the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals when they take their seats on Monday. Both teams have won seven of their last 10 and the Royals are now within striking distance of the leaders. Since May 10th the Royals are 21-14 to get them to only two games below .500 since they were 7-9 early in the season.

The Red Sox will give the ball to starter Hector Velazquez in this one. Right hander Velazquez is 1-1 this season with a 6.48 ERA. Velazquez will make his second career start. The Red Sox hope it goes better than his debut May 18 in Oakland. In five innings, he allowed six runs and nine hits.

Starting this game for the Royals will be Jason Hammel. The right hander has a 5.05 ERA to go along with a 3-6 record this season. Wednesday in San Francisco, Hammel allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. In his last three starts, Hammel is 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA and holding opponents to a .218 average (17-for-78).

Oddsmakers opened the Red Sox as -113-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game’s total opened at 9.5. The Royals are now a -110-moneyline favorite and the total has held steady.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 7-3 winner as they battled the LA Angels on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at -108 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Red Sox were a 6-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Houston Astros. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at 108 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors.

Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Boston 39-30 -$125.00 5-7 34-23 34-23 5-7 30-34-5 0.42
Kansas City 33-35 $225.00 7-10 26-25 10-16 23-19 31-34-3 -0.48
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
Hector Velazquez (1-1) ERA: 6.48
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
May 18, 2017 OAK L 3-8 O 5 -$100.00
J Hammel (3-6) ERA: 5.05
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Jun 14, 2017 SF W 7-2 O 6.2 $150.00
Jun 8, 2017 HOU L 1-6 U 7 -$100.00
Jun 3, 2017 CLE W 12-5 O 6.2 $168.00
Bullpen
Boston’s relievers have pitched 8.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Kansas City’s relievers have pitched 8.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Boston Red Sox – Hector Velazquez

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
No Recent Starts vs. Opponent.
Kansas City Royals – J Hammel
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Jul 28, 2013 5-0 BOS 5.1 6 3 3 5 3 Loss
Jun 5, 2012 8-6 BAL 5 5 2 1 3 7 No Decision
May 5, 2012 8-2 BAL 6.2 4 2 2 1 8 Win
Jun 24, 2010 13-11 BOS 4 7 4 4 1 4 No Decision
Jul 27, 2007 7-1 BOS 5.1 2 2 2 2 4 Loss

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Aug 28, 2016 KC 10 BOS 4 -146 9 O Yordano Ventura (R) Eduardo Rodriguez (L) 10 9 4 4 2 5
Aug 27, 2016 KC 3 BOS 8 -160 8 O Danny Duffy (L) David Price (L) 6 12 3 3 9 3
Aug 26, 2016 KC 6 BOS 3 -155 9.5 U Ian Kennedy (R) Steven Wright (R) 9 15 4 2 4 11
May 18, 2016 BOS 5 KC 2 150 7 P David Price (L) Edinson Volquez (R) 10 6 6 1 8 6
May 18, 2016 BOS 2 KC 3 100 8 U Steven Wright (R) Ian Kennedy (R) 9 5 1 1 13 6
May 17, 2016 BOS 4 KC 8 125 7.5 O Rick Porcello (R) Yordano Ventura (R) 8 11 2 4 7 5
Aug 23, 2015 KC 8 BOS 6 -117 8.5 O Edinson Volquez (R) Eduardo Rodriguez (L) 14 11 1 1 2 7
Aug 22, 2015 KC 6 BOS 3 125 9 P Yordano Ventura (R) Matt Barnes (R) 12 9 2 4 3 8
Aug 21, 2015 KC 2 BOS 7 137 8.5 O Johnny Cueto (R) Henry Owens (L) 4 14 1 0 5 6
Aug 20, 2015 KC 1 BOS 4 -108 9 U Danny Duffy (L) Wade Miley (L) 6 10 1 2 8 5

MLB Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games
Boston Red Sox
Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Jun 18, 2017 HOU 6-5 W 108 9 D Price 5 Joe Musgrove A
Jun 17, 2017 HOU 1-7 L 101 9 R Porcello 6 David Paulino A
Jun 16, 2017 HOU 2-1 W 116 9 D Pomeranz 6.1 M Fiers A
Jun 15, 2017 PHI 0-1 L -250 8 C Sale 8 Nick Pivetta A
Jun 14, 2017 PHI 7-3 W -118 10 Brian Johnson 2.2 J Hellickson A

Kansas City Royals

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Jun 18, 2017 LAA 7-3 W -108 8.5 J Vargas 6 J Ramirez A
Jun 17, 2017 LAA 0-9 L 128 9 Jake Junis 5.1 Alex Meyer A
Jun 16, 2017 LAA 3-1 W -102 9 I Kennedy 6 J Chavez A
Jun 15, 2017 LAA 7-2 W 101 8.5 Matt Strahm 5 R Nolasco A
Jun 14, 2017 SF 7-2 W 150 7.5 J Hammel 6.2 J Cueto A

Weather in
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Weather Is Partially Cloudy  82°F

Partially cloudy
Humidity is 45%
Wind is West 9 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
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Forecast for Kansas City

Next up:
Boston at Kansas City Tuesday, June 20

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Dirty

Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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