Kansas City Royals (57-86) vs. Boston Red Sox (69-74)
September 16, 2022 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Boston Red Sox -191 / Kansas City Royals +175; Over/Under: +9.5
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The Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox meet Friday in MLB action from Fenway Park. Kansas City is coming off a series versus the Twins. After a pair of losses in the first two games, in the Thursday finale the Royals fell in a close one. As for Boston, they played the Yankees this week. The Red Sox lost both those games. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Kansas City posted a 6-3 loss to the Twins in the Tuesday opener of their series, and another loss 4-0 in game two. On Thursday, the Royals were out-hit 8-6 in a 3-2 defeat. Daniel Lynch posted 5.0 innings in the start with three earned, seven hits and two walks.
For the starter job in Friday’s opener, the Royals are sending out Jonathan Heasley. In his 17 starts so far Heasley is 3-8 with a 5.51 ERA. In 81.2. innings he’s got 50 earned on 89 hits and 39 walks with 57 Ks.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they took a tough loss 7-6 to the Yankees in their Tuesday opener despite showing some life with two runs in the bottom of the 10th. Wednesday’s game didn’t go that well either; the Sox committed three errors in a 5-3 defeat.
Michael Wacha will take the mound for the start on Friday. Across his 19 games so far Wacha is 11-1 with a 2.69 ERA. In 107.0 innings total he has 32 earned on 84 hits and 26 walks with 88 Ks.
The Royals are 16-35 in their last 51 versus the AL East and 7-20 in their last 27 road games. KC is 1-8 in their last nine Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 1-4 in their last five in game one of a series and 2-6 in their last eight overall. Boston is 1-4 in their last five versus the AL Central.
PICK: I’m going with Boston here. Wacha is having a great year, and he’s been rolling along pretty well lately. Over his last three starts Wacha has put up a combined 18.0 innings with seven earned on 17 hits and a walk. He’s 2-0 in that time. As for Heasley, he gave up seven earned in 4.0 innings versus Detroit his last time up but he’d been doing pretty well previously. All things considered I like Wacha to set up the Sox well at home on the way to a win.