The Boston Red Sox will be gunning for a third straight victory Thursday when they welcome the Kansas City Royals to town for a four-game weekend series as slight +105 moneyline underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Red Sox offense has continued to fire on all cylinders, exploding for 62 total runs over their past six games.
However, the club has given up plenty of runs — 48 in their past seven outings — and has seen the run total play over in each of their last 10 games and in 18 of their last 22 outings.
While their current brand of high-scoring baseball has proved entertaining, it has not enabled Boston to gain any ground on the American League East-leading New York Yankees, whom they continue to trail by 13 1/2 games entering Thursday night’s Royals vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox must also contend with a defensively stingy Royals squad that arrives in Boston riding a five-game winning streak.
Kansas City opened the week by sweeping the Cincinnati Reds in a two-game series, and looks poised to tame the Red Sox offense after allowing just 11 total runs during its current hot stretch.
Overall, the AL Central-leading Royals, who trail only the Toronto Blue Jays on the World Series betting lines with strong 9-2 odds, are an impressive 10-2 over their past 12 contests, holding opponents to four or fewer runs in eight of those matchups.
Not surprisingly, the run total has consistently played under in recent Royals games, going 10-6 in their past 16.
The total for Thursday’s series opener is pegged at nine runs, marking just the fourth time since the beginning of June that the total has eclipsed eight and a half in a game involving Kansas City.
But it is the over that has dominated in recent meetings between these two clubs, with the Red Sox going 6-1 in the last seven, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
Boston swept the Royals in their last visit to Fenway in 2014 and is an impressive 9-3 in their last 12 against the defending AL champs.
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