Boston vs Kansas by Sors

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The Boston Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5 with a 5.11 ERA) to the mound for Sunday’s finale of their three-game series with the visiting Kansas City Royals.


The 23-year-old lefty went 1-3 with an 8.59 ERA over his first six starts this season, but pitched well in most of his seven starts after the All-Star break, posting a 2.52 ERA in those seven outings.He yielded 1 run on 3 hits and struck out thirteen batters in the last two of them, a 2-4 home loss to the Yankees on Aug. 11 and a 5-3 win in Baltimore five days later.


Rodriguez posted a 3.06 ERA in his last three home starts (compared to a 7.31 ERA in his first three home contests this year) and is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two career starts versus Kansas City.


Eric Hosmer has 2 hits in 6 at-bats off Rodriguez, but Lorenzo Cain, Kendrys Morales and Salvador Perez are a combined 1-for-15.


Yordano Ventura (9-9 with a 4.27 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Royals in Sunday’s series finale.


The 25-year-old right-hander pitched well in each of his last nine starts, as he’s allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of those nine outings and lasted at least six innings in seven of them.


On the other hand, Ventura gave up 7 hits and 4 runs over 5 2/3 innings in his last start against the Red Sox on May 17 (8-4) and is 2-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four career starts versus Boston.


Xander Bogaerts (2-for-10) and Hanley Ramirez (1-for-5) have struggled against him, but Travis Shaw is hitting .500 (3-for-6), with a homer and 4 RBI off Ventura, Brock Holt has 2 hits in 5 at-bats in their matchups, Mookie Betts is 3-for-9, with a double and an RBI, while Jackie Bradley Jr. is 3-for-9, with a double, an RBI and a walk.


I think that the Boston Red Sox will manage to win the last game of the series, probably with more than one run difference.


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Boston - 1.50 Pinnacle 2.34 8 4-10 LOST (-8 units)
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