Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals
Dates: Monday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Location: Kauffman Stadium
Since dropping two of three in the Bronx, the BoSox have run off wins in seven of their last 10 played games to pull even with the Yankees atop the AL East standings. John Farrell’s squad just came up with an impressive series win in Houston after winning a nail biter in the Sunday nighter. They’ll head to KC a game under .500 as visitors ( -$472 ).
Don’t look now, but the Royals look to have caught fire winning seven of their last eight games to claw to within 3.5 games of the front running Indians. Ned Yost’s squad sits a game over .500 at home where they’ve made baseball bettors $188 overall. The under has been a gold mine at Kauffman with it cashing at a 21-11-1 clip.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Monday, June 19, 2017, 8:15 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Hector Velazquez vs. Jason Hammel
Velazquez will once again play the role of stopgap after Brian Johnson succumbed to injury in his last start. He came on in relief and tossed 3.1 innings of shutout ball to help lead Boston to the 7-3 win over the Phillies. Earlier this season, he got a spot start at Oakland and was ripped for 3 HR and 6 ER through five innings.
It seems that Jason Hammel goes on a solid month to two month stretch where he looks unbeatable. The veteran is currently in the midst of that stretch having tossed quality starts in four of his last five. KC only won two of those games however, and he’ll be up against it tonight against a Boston offense that sits 10 games over .500 against righties.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 8:15 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Chris Sale vs. Matt Strahm
Sale has enjoyed pitching against his former division leading the Red Sox to wins in three of his four made starts against AL Central opposition. For all intents and purposes, the left-hander has enjoyed pitching against everyone this season in compiling an 8-3 record and 2.82 ERA over 14 made starts. Boston’s 10-4 with him leading its charge, and he’ll toe the Kauffman bump looking to improve his career 4-5 record and 3.15 ERA.
Strahm shined in his first career big-league start by tossing five innings of shutout ball to go along with 3 Ks and only walking one at the Angels. It was a surprising effort considering he issued 19 walks in his 22 innings worked out of the pen previously. Boston ranks amongst the top 10 in taking walks, so if he’s wild, don’t expect this outing to go as smoothly as his first.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 2:15 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Drew Pomeranz vs. Ian Kennedy
The Royals have had all sorts of trouble against southpaws this season in going 7-10 and averaging just 3.8 runs per game. While that bodes well for Pomeranz in his 14th start, he will be the second straight lefty Eric Hosmer and his mates will dig in against. Boston has won eight of Drew’s 13 overall starts but only given him an average of 4.3 runs per game to work with. This will be his first career start against Kansas City.
Kennedy snapped a string of seven straight non-quality starts in his last turn at Anaheim where he tossed six innings of 1 ER ball at the Halos to log win No. 1 on the season. It’s been a rough go of it for the veteran with him the owner of a 5.03 ERA and 4.2 BB/9 average. He’s only stranding 68.1 percent of his baserunners and giving up 1.7 HR/9 innings. The Royals have lost five of his six home starts.