Betting Pick: K.C. Royals vs. Boston Red Sox

Betting Pick: K.C. Royals vs. Boston Red Sox

Still trying to find a groove in his new surroundings, Andrew Cashner looks to shake out of his funk Tuesday night when the struggling Boston Red Sox continue their series against the Kansas City Royals.

Jakob Junis (6-10, 5.03 ERA) is looking to avoid losing a third consecutive start, with the hopes that pitching on the road will serve as a positive. The right-hander’s earned run average is 1.40 runs lower on the road, where he is 3-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 10 starts, than compared to at Kauffman Stadium.

Junis’ struggles with the long ball continued in Wednesday’s 4-1 home loss to Toronto as he served up a pair of solo homers and yielded four runs overall in seven-plus innings. A lack of run support also cropped as the Royals backed him with two or fewer runs for the sixth time in seven starts, and Junis is 2-4 with a 4.74 ERA in that stretch.

When the Red Sox acquired Cashner (10-6, 4.44) from the Baltimore Orioles on July 13, it looked like they were getting the right-hander at an opportune time as he had won his previous three starts. Boston, though, has not seen much of that form from Cashner, who is 1-3 with a 6.94 ERA in four starts since the deal.

Cashner was reached for a season-worst seven runs along with seven hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 9-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. He also matched a season high with five walks and has issued 11 in 23 1-3 innings with Boston — well above his rate of 2.62 per nine innings pitching for Baltimore.

One positive for Cashner is he has been superb against AL Central teams this year, entering this matchup 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts.

 

My free pick goes to Boston -200

 

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