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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 7/18/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
KANSAS CITY  SHIELDS )
 
BOSTON  BUCHHOLZ )
+1.5  -190

-1.5  +165
+110

-120

8un
 
4
Final
5

KANSAS CITY (48 - 46) at BOSTON (43 - 52)
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Friday, 7/18/2014 7:10 PM
JAMES SHIELDS (R) vs. CLAY BUCHHOLZ (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
969KANSAS CITY+115Ov 8,-105+115Ov 8,+100
970BOSTON-125Un 8,-115-125Un 8,-120
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games48-46-5.144-454.10.2640.3124.00.2560.311
Road Games26-21+5.422-214.50.2720.3173.60.2430.302
vs Right-handed Starters36-33-3.534-314.30.2670.3143.90.2550.310
Past 7 Games3-4-12-43.60.2910.3334.70.2710.323
Grass Games44-43-6.641-424.10.2620.3114.00.2560.310
Night Games30-28-2.428-264.20.2700.3154.10.2560.313
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.10.2640.312943247858239550.023592255537964689536633
Road Games4.50.2720.317471714466129310.021961122993934451293210
Righty Starters4.30.2670.314692383637179400.022731613966146666325121
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.621.299263.31161062371810525515-1126681.3%
Road Games2.481.19712743351047481207-710471.4%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games43-52-20.238-543.90.2460.3174.30.2580.312
Home Games23-26-13.218-303.80.2520.3284.20.2570.312
vs Right-handed Starters27-34-1424-363.70.2440.3123.90.2560.309
Past 7 Games4-3-14-34.70.2730.3453.60.2350.278
Grass Games41-48-1835-513.80.2480.3194.20.2580.313
Night Games31-35-11.428-363.90.2520.3234.40.2650.318
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games3.90.2460.317953248799253680.0234634076930706102588958
Home Games3.80.2520.328491644415137280.021731843781637055384733
Righty Starters3.70.2440.312612075506150450.022122074852243964345727
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.381.280279.7114105268259027514-1721970%
Home Games3.471.263158.46561148115215011-88657.1%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/4/2014VENTURA(R)@ CLEVELANDTOMLIN(R)7-1W1007.5 unO1260661
7/5/2014GUTHRIE(R)@ CLEVELANDHOUSE(L)3-7L1058 unO12801490
7/6/2014DUFFY(L)@ CLEVELANDKLUBER(R)1-4L1457 unU4401060
7/7/2014SHIELDS(R)@ TAMPA BAYODORIZZI(R)6-0W1207 unU14100451
7/8/2014VARGAS(L)@ TAMPA BAYHELLICKSON(R)3-4L-1157 unP13110880
7/9/2014VENTURA(R)@ TAMPA BAYCOBB(R)5-4W1106.5 unO111108111
7/10/2014GUTHRIE(R)DETROITSMYLY(L)4-16L-1158 ovO9621990
7/11/2014DUFFY(L)DETROITSANCHEZ(R)1-2L+1158.5 unU1191551
7/12/2014SHIELDS(R)DETROITPORCELLO(R)1-5L-1258 evU6611150
7/13/2014CHEN(L)DETROITVERLANDER(R)5-2W+1208.5 evU1080950
7/18/2014SHIELDS(R)@ BOSTONBUCHHOLZ(R) 
7/19/2014DUFFY(L)@ BOSTONDE LA ROSA(R) 
7/20/2014VENTURA(R)@ BOSTONLESTER(L) 
7/21/2014GUTHRIE(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXSALE(L) 
7/22/2014CHEN(L)@ CHI WHITE SOXCARROLL(R) 
7/23/2014SHIELDS(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXQUINTANA(L) 
7/24/2014 CLEVELAND  
7/25/2014 CLEVELAND  

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/5/2014LESTER(L)BALTIMOREGONZALEZ(R)3-2W-1358.5 evU983541
7/5/2014LACKEY(R)BALTIMOREJIMENEZ(R)4-7L-1609 unO66216110
7/6/2014PEAVY(R)BALTIMOREGAUSMAN(R)6-7L-1309 unO158216110
7/7/2014BUCHHOLZ(R)CHI WHITE SOXCARROLL(R)0-4L-21010 unU250610
7/8/2014WORKMAN(R)CHI WHITE SOXDANKS(L)3-8L-1709.5 ovO10921260
7/9/2014DE LA ROSA(R)CHI WHITE SOXSALE(L)5-4W+1057.5 ovO9711040
7/10/2014LESTER(L)CHI WHITE SOXQUINTANA(L)4-3W-1608 unU3301080
7/11/2014LACKEY(R)@ HOUSTONFELDMAN(R)8-3W-1307.5 unO12617101
7/12/2014PEAVY(R)@ HOUSTONOBERHOLTZER(L)2-3L-1308.5 unU1391870
7/13/2014BUCHHOLZ(R)@ HOUSTONPEACOCK(R)11-0W-1308 evO16110333
7/18/2014BUCHHOLZ(R)KANSAS CITYSHIELDS(R) 
7/19/2014DE LA ROSA(R)KANSAS CITYDUFFY(L) 
7/20/2014LESTER(L)KANSAS CITYVENTURA(R) 
7/21/2014LACKEY(R)@ TORONTOHUTCHISON(R) 
7/22/2014PEAVY(R)@ TORONTOHAPP(L) 
7/23/2014BUCHHOLZ(R)@ TORONTODICKEY(R) 
7/24/2014 @ TORONTO  
7/25/2014 @ TAMPA BAY  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Royals-Red Sox Preview* ========================

By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer

Kansas City (48-46) at Boston (43-52), 7:10 p.m. EDT

It's been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals made the playoffs - a drought they're determined to end with some slight improvements in the second half.

That goal seems far more realistic than Boston's chances of reaching the postseason and defending its title, but the Red Sox haven't written off their season just yet.

James Shields takes the mound for the Royals as they visit Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox on Friday night.

Kansas City (48-46) hasn't been to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985, and it begins the second half trailing Detroit by 6 1/2 games in the AL Central and Seattle by 2 1/2 for the second wild-card spot.

The Royals had dropped three of four to the Tigers entering the All-Star break, but they're still at a three-game improvement from where they were at this point last season. Following the 2013 break, they won 19 of 24 and went on to win 86 games - their most since going 92-70 in 1989.

"The last couple of years, we've been a good second-half team," manager Ned Yost said. "I think we've got our best baseball ahead of us."

The Red Sox (43-52) hope the same holds true for them. They're 15 wins below last season's 95-game mark and are tied with Tampa Bay for last in the AL East, 9 1/2 games behind first-place Baltimore.

Boston has scored the fewest runs in the AL after leading the majors in 2013.

"No one has given up anything. No one has conceded anything," manager John Farrell said. "After we get through Kansas City, I believe we have the next (13 games) against teams that are ahead of us. Each one has increasing significance."

The Red Sox could be getting a lift from Shane Victorino, who hasn't played since May 23 due to a strained right hamstring and a slipped disc in his back. He could return as early as this contest.

"We're hopeful at some point coming out of the break on the weekend that he'd be back to us," Farrell told MLB's official website.

Boston, which won four of five before the break, set a season high for runs in Sunday's 11-0 win over Houston and looks to keep it going as they face Shields, who has pitched well in each of his last two starts.

Shields (9-5, 3.65 ERA) struck out 10 in seven innings of a 6-0 win over Tampa Bay on June 7 before giving up two runs and striking out eight in seven innings of Saturday's 5-1 loss to Detroit.

The right-hander has gone seven innings in four of his last five outings, and he's expecting a solid second half from himself and the rest of the Royals.

"We're still hanging in there, but we have a lot of good baseball left," Shields said.

Shields is 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in his last six starts against the Red Sox, who will counter with Buchholz as he seeks to build on his best outing of the season.

Buchholz (4-5, 5.42) pitched a three-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 in Sunday's win. He's 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA over his last four starts and is optimistic about the second half.

"We've got a lot of baseball to play," Buchholz said. "It doesn't really matter what your record is at the end of the year, just as long as you're at the top of the board."

The right-hander has won his last four starts against the Royals, posting a 1.35 ERA.


Last Updated: 11/22/2014 6:24:39 AM EST


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