The Kansas City Royals are in Boston where they are searching for answers against the Red Sox. The Royals suffered another loss last night, an easy route by the Red Sox, 10-6. It didn’t look so easy at first, as the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. That was short lived with the Red Sox coming back to take the 10-6 victory.
Eduardo Rodriguez was not sharp, allowing 5 earned runs across just 4 innings of work. Against a good team that will likely result in a loss, but Rodriguez gets a freebie thanks to the competition. The Red Sox bullpen, like they’ve been doing for the vast majority of the year, held in strong and took care of business down the stretch. Hector Velasquez ultimately picked up the win, his fourth of the year out of the pen.
If the Royals have anything to be happy about last night, it’s that their offense sprang to life. Can’t put much blame on them, as their hitters gave the Royals’ pitching staff some cushion right out of the gate. Like has been the case all season long, their pitching was a dumpster fire, especially the bullpen for the Royals.
The pen has gone from the best in the majors, and it wasn’t even close when they won the World Series, to the absolute worst. It’s kind of hard to hold on to those prized possessions when all they did is lead the team to a championship. At the end of the day, though, it paid off for them and they won a World Series. However, now they’re seeing what life is like on the opposite end.
Royals’ fans were used to it for years before they fielded a competitive team, so it isn’t anything new for true Royals’ fans. With the win last night, the Red Sox advanced to 21-7, while the Royals fell to 7-21. K.C. were on a two-game winning streak, an accomplishment for them, before they ran into the Red Sox on Monday. Head below for our free Royals vs. Red Sox pick.
K.C. Royals vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Jakob Junis (3-2, 3.34 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (2-1, 2.31 ERA)
Junis has certainly been one of the better points of the Royals’ pitching staff this season. He is in his sophomore year in the majors, following a rookie campaign which saw him post an ERA of 4.30. Danny Duffy sits atop the rotation, but he hasn’t had the best of starts. He is unreliable as well, with multiple stints on the DL in his career. Junis has been good, but he’s coming off a rather rough outing against the White Sox. They dinged him up for 6 hits and 6 runs in 5.2 innings. In his last three outings, Junis holds a 5.89 ERA. So, despite the fast start for him, we’re going to see how his arm holds up with more miles on his arm. The only batter on the Red Sox he’s faced is J.D. Martinez, so he has that going for him on Tuesday.
As we started earlier, the bullpen has been an abomination for the Royals. As a unit their ERA is 6.42. The ERA has come down a bit, but it needs to come down a lot to garner a respectable level. Let’s take a trip back three years, where the Royals boasted a 2.72 ERA. Things can sure change in a hurry. The Royals must deal with Chris Sale on the hump tonight. In 278 at-bats, the Royals have managed to take him deep only on 3 occasions. Sale has been terrific at Fenway, with a 1.64 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. The Royals are just 4-9 on the road in 2018, while the Red Sox are 10-3. The Royals did well with a couple of wins in a row, but that was against the White Sox, the other basement dweller in the AL Central. Time for them to give it right back to the much better Sox team on Tuesday evening.