Kansas City Royals at Boston Red Sox - 9/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (69-74) vs Kansas City Royals (57-86)

Game Info: Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Michael Wacha (11-1) (2.69) vs Jonathan Heasley (3-8) (5.51)

Betting Odds: Boston Red Sox -244 / Kansas City Royals +170 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox face off on Friday in an MLB showdown at Fenway Park. 

The Red Sox come into this game with a 69-74 record overall and they have lost two games in a row. Over the last two games the pitching has given up 12 runs total, and they need to get better pitching in this game. The Red Sox’s offense overall this season is averaging 4.56 runs per game which is 8th best in the league. Rafael Devers has hit 26 home runs and driven in 79 RBIS. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Royals who sit with a 57-87 record overall and in the last series against the Minnesota Twins they were swept. The offense struggled in that series. The Royals offense has been an issue this season and they are averaging 3.89 runs per game which is 24th in the league. Bobby Witt has hit 20 home runs and driven in 72 RBIs so far this season. 

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On the mound for the Royals will be Jonathan Heasley who sits with a 3-8 record and an ERA of 5.51. In his last start against the Detroit Tigers, he went four innings giving up seven hits and seven runs. 

On the mound for the Red Sox will be Michael Wacha who sits with an 11-1 record and an ERA of 2.69. In his last start against the Orioles, he went six innings giving up six hits and three runs. 

The Red Sox are 4-0 in Wacha’s last four Friday starts. The Royals are 1-8 in their last nine games on Friday. The over is 4-0 in Heasley’s last four road starts. The over is 5-0 in Heasley's last 5 starts following a team loss in their previous game.

Wacha has been lights out this season and he currently sits with an ERA of 2.69. Look for the Red Sox to run up the score against Heasley who gave up seven runs in his last start. The Red Sox should score seven or eight runs here and that is going to be the difference as the Red Sox gets the job done. Back the Red Sox -2.5. 

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Shane’s Pick Red Sox -2.5

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