The second play on Sunday goes out to Kauffman Stadium for a game between the Royals and Red Sox. Our good friend Chris Young gets his turn to start another game for Kansas City and has been listed as just a small home favorite against Wade Miley and the disappointing Boston Red Sox.
If you’ve been fading the Red Sox all year it’s been quite a season for you. Boston is 10 games under .500 through exactly 70 games so far. Yet Vegas has maintained a relatively high opinion of Boston’s on-field talent with its lines, which also plays into why a fader has made so much through just 70 games. While I was still somewhat bullish on Boston through 60 games, these last 10 have pretty much put this season underground for me. The Red Sox just aren’t a playoff team this year and I’ll look to take advantage of short numbers against them whenever possible until Vegas adjusts appropriately too.
Wade Miley has been one of the many reasons for Boston’s struggles. Expected to come over from Arizona and be a solid middle of the rotation guy, Miley has underwhelmed with a near 5.00-ERA and a 6-6 record. He’s basically been good for something near a quality start each time, but he hasn’t had the ability to consistently go deep into games, which poses a problem for Boston and its bullpen.
Meanwhile, Kansas City’s bullpen is a strength. Young will probably only go five or six innings, too. But he should do it in less runs and then turn the ball over to a much better ‘pen in KC. The Royals have been a tremendous team all year and it’s just difficult to find any angles that favor Boston in this game. I’ll take Kansas City as a small home favorite in this spot.
Free Pick: Kansas City -130
YTD: 9-5-3 +3.32
2014: 45-28-3 +9.02