Red Sox Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – August 5, 2022

Written By Staff on August 5, 2022

J.D. Martinez will try to get his 100th hit of the season (he has 99) when his Boston Red Sox (53-54) play the Kansas City Royals (42-64) on Friday at 8:10 PM ET. Josh Winckowski starts for Boston (-116 to win), and Zack Greinke is Kansas City’s (-103) pick to start.

The betting facts in the article below use the latest odds as of August 5, 2022 at 7:31 PM ET.

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Red Sox vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Winckowski (BOS) Pitcher Greinke (KC)
4 – 5 W/L 3 – 6
45.0 IP 87.2
5.00 ERA 4.41
1.511 WHIP 1.300
5.6 K/9 5.1
3.2 BB/9 1.8

Red Sox Probable Starter Josh Winckowski

  • Winckowski gets the start for the Red Sox, his 10th of the season. He is 4-5 with a 5.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts through 45 innings pitched.
  • The righty’s most recent time out was on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, when he threw 5 2/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs while allowing seven hits.
  • In nine games this season, the 24-year-old has an ERA of 5.00, with 5.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are hitting .289 against him.
  • Winckowski heads into the outing with three quality starts under his belt this season.
  • He will face a Royals squad that is hitting .245 as a unit (13th in MLB). It is also slugging a collective .377 (25th in MLB) with 87 total home runs (27th in MLB).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 5, 2022 at 7:31 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Probable Starter Zack Greinke

  • The Royals will hand the ball to Greinke (3-6) for his 18th start of the season.
  • The right-hander’s last start was on Sunday, when he tossed 5 2/3 innings while giving up three earned runs on five hits in a matchup with the New York Yankees.
  • The 38-year-old has an ERA of 4.41, a 2.778 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.300 in 17 games this season.
  • He has earned a quality start four times in 17 starts this season.
  • The Red Sox have scored 477 runs this season, which ranks 12th in MLB. They have 927 hits, fourth in baseball, with 103 home runs (18th in the league).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 5, 2022 at 7:31 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Red Sox Betting Trends

  • The Red Sox are 31-23 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 57.4% of those games).
  • In games it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -116 or shorter, Boston has a 27-22 record (winning 55.1% of its games).
  • Based on this game’s moneyline, the Red Sox’s implied win probability is 53.7%.
  • Boston has played in 107 games with an over/under set, and has combined with their opponents to go over the total 48 times (48-54-5).
  • The Red Sox have a 56-51-0 record against the spread this season (covering 52.3% of the time).
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Royals Betting Trends

  • This season, the Royals have won 31 out of the 84 games, or 36.9%, in which they’ve been the underdog.
  • Kansas City has entered 76 games this season as the underdog by -103 or more and is 25-51 in those contests.
  • Bookmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Royals have a 50.7% chance to win.
  • Kansas City and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 51 of their 106 opportunities.
  • The Royals are 49-57-0 ATS in their 106 games with a spread this season.

Red Sox Players to Watch

  • Rafael Devers has accumulated a team-high slugging percentage (.603) while pacing the Red Sox in hits (116). He’s batting .322 with 30 doubles, a triple, 23 home runs and 27 walks.
  • Among qualifying hitters in MLB action, Devers’ batting average ranks fourth, his on-base percentage ranks 15th, and he is fourth in the league in slugging.
  • Xander Bogaerts has a .383 on-base percentage while slugging .455. Both are team-highs. He has 28 doubles, nine home runs and 41 walks while hitting .309.
  • Bogaerts currently ranks seventh in batting average, 11th in on base percentage, and 51st in slugging among qualified hitters.
  • Alex Verdugo is hitting .264 with 22 doubles, six home runs and 22 walks.
  • Martinez has 32 doubles, nine home runs and 32 walks while batting .282.

Red Sox Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Alex Verdugo 387 .264 39 6 52 .304 .671
Xander Bogaerts 376 .309 58 9 46 .383 .838
Rafael Devers 360 .322 63 23 59 .378 .981
Tommy Pham 352 .239 59 11 39 .319 .694
J.D. Martínez 351 .282 52 9 40 .347 .797
Eric Hosmer 338 .266 32 8 40 .332 .717
Bobby Dalbec 264 .205 31 10 29 .280 .640
Reese McGuire 154 .234 12 0 10 .268 .560
Jarren Duran 153 .229 20 2 10 .280 .659
Christian Arroyo 137 .255 17 4 13 .309 .710

Royals Players to Watch

  • Bobby Witt Jr. leads Kansas City with 95 hits and a team-best slugging percentage of .453.
  • Among all qualified hitters in MLB, Witt’s batting average ranks 76th, his on-base percentage is 125th, and he is 52nd in slugging.
  • Hunter Dozier has 82 hits this season and a team-best OBP of .313.
  • Among all qualifying hitters, Dozier ranks 83rd in batting average, 106th in on-base percentage and 75th in slugging percentage.
  • Nicky Lopez has collected 78 base hits, an OBP of .308 and a slugging percentage of .297 this season.
  • Salvador Perez is batting .215 with a .253 OBP and 47 RBI for Kansas City this season.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Bobby Witt Jr. 373 .255 54 15 53 .298 .751
Hunter Dozier 327 .251 37 10 35 .313 .738
Nicky Lopez 313 .249 38 0 13 .308 .605
MJ Melendez 266 .229 30 11 29 .315 .732
Michael A. Taylor 255 .275 31 6 28 .344 .728
Salvador Pérez 251 .215 29 15 47 .253 .711
Kyle Isbel 158 .203 14 2 13 .238 .535
Vinnie Pasquantino 119 .218 9 3 6 .314 .650
Ryan O’Hearn 85 .200 6 1 10 .266 .537
Nick Pratto 49 .184 2 1 4 .305 .652

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