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MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals
September 3, 2023
Concluding their three-game showdown in Missouri, the Kansas City Royals (42-95) will seek a triumphant finish on their home turf against the Boston Red Sox (70-66). Can the Royals rally at home, or will the Red Sox seize the overall lead in the series?
Date: Game 3 on September 3, 2023 at 2:10 PM ET
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
Boston Red Sox Betting Preview
The Red Sox have slid to 15
best in the league after being 11
the week prior. They have gone 4-6 over the previous 10 games, with a win and loss against the Royals. Chris Sale (5-3) takes on the challenge on the mound with an ERA of 4.75.
They have consistently maintained a strong batting average of .264, while their opponents are right there with them with a .261 average. This will not work against better teams, but could be effective in this matchup.
Furthermore, their on-base percentage (OBP) stands strong at .330. Coupled with an ERA of 4.55 and a slugging percentage of .437, these statistics outshine even the Royals.
The Braves are fourth in the AL East and stand at 14.5 games back from the lead. While they are essentially out of the playoffs, they can still defend against the worst team in the league.
Kansas City Royals Betting Preview
The Royals are still the second worst team in the league, so nothing to brag about here. They have gone 2-8 when looking at their last 10 games. Taylor Clarke (2-4) is their starting pitcher with an ERA of 5.44.
They consistently hold a .241 batting average, yet struggle to curb their opponents who maintain a .264 average, possibly leading to defeat unless they excel in their offensive performance. They face challenges in getting on base, boasting an average of just .298. Additionally, their ERA raises concerns at 5.20, and their slugging percentage slightly deviates from the league norm at .392.
The Royals are nearly 30 games behind the leading Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. Any wins here would be just positive boosts to their chances for next season’s success.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
According to MyBookie's odds, the game appears to be a closely contested matchup, with the Boston Red Sox holding a slight edge as favorites to win. Market analysis suggests that the Red Sox have a 60.3 percent probability of emerging victorious.
Kansas City Royals: +180
Boston Red Sox: -218
The Red Sox lead the series 4-2 overall in previous battles this season. The Royals smacked them in the mouth with a game one victory 13-2, but will likely not happen again. Look for the Red Sox to finish out strong here.
Final Pick: Take the Red Sox to Win at -218
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