Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals Matchup Preview - August 4th, 2022

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The Boston Red Sox enter the game as the 6th ranked team per THE BAT X's Power Rankings and will battle the 25th ranked Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Red Sox relievers could prove pivotal in their attempt to win today, as the Red Sox bullpen ranks 4th in MLB according to THE BAT. If the Royals want to win they'll need to generate more power than they've mustered thus far, as they rank 28th in home runs this season.

Boston Red Sox Insights

  • THE BAT X projects Rafael Devers in the 96th percentile when it comes to his batting average ability.

  • Tommy Pham hits a lot of his flyballs to center field (39.8% — 97th percentile) and faces the league's 4th-deepest CF fences today.

Kansas City Royals Insights

  • The Kansas City Royals outfield defense profiles as the 2nd-best of the day.

  • Michael A. Taylor has struggled with his Barrel% in recent games; his 6.7% seasonal rate has decreased to 0% in the past week.

  • Projected catcher Salvador Perez profiles as a horrible pitch framer, per THE BAT projection system.

Betting Trends

  • The Kansas City Royals have hit the 1st Five Innings (F5) Run Line in 13 of their last 22 games (+7.50 Units / 32% ROI)

  • The Boston Red Sox have hit the 1st Five Innings (F5) Run Line in 29 of their last 51 away games (+6.40 Units / 11% ROI)

  • Jeter Downs has hit the Singles Under in 9 of his last 10 games (+6.30 Units / 25% ROI)