Nick Pivetta can be very erratic. But the Red Sox still are worth backing at this price against a rebuilding Royals team starting lefty Kris Bubic.
Bubic is 2-6 with a 5.45 ERA. He has a 9.45 ERA in two appearances against Boston, including one start.
The Red Sox are 3-1 in their last four games beating the Brewers and Astros during this span. They clearly are stepping down in class here.
Boston got better at the trade deadline. The Red Sox are 13-4 the past 17 times facing a lefty starter.
The Royals have lost seven of their past nine games. They also are 2-7 the last nine times hosting Boston.