Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals MLB Pick – August 5

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout August 5. Fourteen games are up on the board throughout Friday. One of these games will be between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals. These two teams have struggled a bit this season, but will look for a big win. This game will start at around 8:10 PM Eastern time.

Boston has earned a record of 53-54 throughout this season, which has them in last place of the AL East. The Red Sox have lost two games in a row and are 4-6 throughout their last 10 games. Boston is four games back on a wild card spot entering this matchup. The Red Sox will look to bounce back with a big win on the road on Friday night.

The Royals have posted a record of 42-64 so far on the season, which has them in fourth place of the AL Central. Kansas City is coming off a win in their last game, but have gone 3-7 throughout their last 10 matchups. The Royals have fallen far out of the playoff picture, but will look for a strong finish. Kansas City will look to build on their last win at home.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win as they meet up on Friday. The Red Sox have struggled a bit in the later part of this season, which has had them fall out of a wild card position. Kansas City had a rough start to the season. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Boston Red Sox -1 ½ (+145) -115 Over 9 (-105)
Kansas City Royals +1 ½ (-170) -105 Under 9 (-115)
Team Data Boston Red Sox Kansas City Royals
Overall Record 53-54 42-64
Away/ Home Record 27-27 23-30
Batting Average .252 .245
Batting Average Away/ Home .241 .257
ERA 4.30 4.69
ERA Away/ Home 3.85 4.39

Betting Trends

Boston Red Sox

  • 2-2 in August
  • 9-8 when playing on a Friday
  • 37-35 in night games
  • 36-45 against right handers
  • 26-27 after a loss
  • 28-19 against team with a losing record

Kansas City Royals

  • 2-2 in August games
  • 6-9 when playing on Friday
  • 24-35 in night games
  • 28-48 against right handed starters
  • 15-24 after a win
  • 20-28 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up once this season on August 4. Rafael Devers had two RBI’s to open up the scoring, but it was not enough for the Red Sox. Salvador Perez had a home run and four RBI’s on the night. MJ Melendez added a home run as well. The Royals were able to earn a 7-3 win at home.

Offense

The Red Sox have been strong hitting the ball on the season. Boston has a .252 batting average, which is 7th in the MLB. The Red Sox have earned an on base percentage of .313, which is 16th in the league. Boston has posted a .719 OPS, which is 12th in the MLB. The Red Sox have a BA of .249 against righties this season.

Kansas City has been solid at the plate this season as well. The Royals have a batting average of .245, which is 13th in the league. Kansas City has put up a .308 OBP, which is 20th in the MLB. The Royals have earned an OPS of .686, which is 24th in the league. Kansas City has hit .243 against right handers.

Boston has a slight edge with the bats in their hands and will look to come out fast in this one. The Red Sox had six hits and three runs in Thursday’s loss to the Royals. Kansas City racked up 11 hits and seven runs in the win. If either team can get some runs across early, it could be enough to get the win.

Pitching Preview

Josh Winckowski will likely get the start at pitcher for Boston in this one. Winckowski has started in 9 games this season, going 4-5 in those matchups. He has posted an ERA of 5.00 and a 1.51 WHIP in those games. Winckowski pitched five innings in his last start against the MIlwaukee Brewers. He gave up seven hits and two runs in the win.

I expect Zack Greinke to get the nod on the mound for the Royals on Friday night. Greinke has earned a record of 3-6 throughout his 17 starts this season. He has put up a 4.41 ERA and a WHIP of 1.30 in those outings. Greinke’s last start was against the New York Yankees. He gave up five hits and three runs in the no decision.

These two pitchers have been up and down this season and will look for a fast start. Greinke has won three of his last five decisions, while Winckowski has lost four of his last five starts. The Red Sox have a slight edge in the bullpen in this one. Boston’s relievers have a 4.26 ERA, which is 25th in the league. Kansas City’s bullpen has a combined ERA of 4.56, which is 28th in the MLB.

Pick Overview

The Royals are coming off a win in their first meeting on Thursday night. Boston will look to bounce back quickly in this one as they try to turn it around. The Red Sox have the better pitching and hitting in this one. If Boston can get another strong start from Winckowski, I think they will earn the win on the road.

Bovada has the Red Sox listed as a -115 against the money line in this one. This gives a slight edge to Boston on the road. While the Red Sox have struggled down the stretch, they have been the better overall team this season. I think Boston will come out fast in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Red Sox.

The Bet
Boston Red Sox
-115
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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