Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals Pick: MLB Odds for August 19th 2011
The Boston Red Sox are showing solid value Friday as just a small road favorite over the lowly Kansas City Royals. Boston owns an AL-best 75-48 record heading into this one, while Kansas City sits at 51-74 on the year. The Royals have dropped nine of their last 11 overall. Kansas City sends ice-cold starter Jeff Francis to the mound in this one. Francis is 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA and 1.723 WHIP in his last three starts, allowing 14 earned runs and 25 hits in 15 2/3 innings. He is in trouble against the best line-up in baseball tonight.
Andrew Miller’s numbers aren’t great, but Boston has been successful with him on the mound. The Red Sox are 7-1 in Miller’s eight starts in 2011. Boston is a perfect 6-0 in Miller’s six starts as a favorite this year. The Royals are 2-8 in Francis’ last 10 starts as an underdog. Kansas City is 26-57 in their last 83 games as an underdog. The Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 meetings in Kansas City. Boston is 23-7 in their last 30 games vs. a left-handed starter. Take the Red Sox Friday.
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