The Royals really need every series at this point, but taking two of three on the road from a serious American League contender would be the feather in their cap to put the league on notice - this is for real. The Royals have one of the league's best pitchers in Danny Duffy going for them tonight, and I don't need to tell you how hot Duffy has been lately, giving up three or fewer runs in each of his last seven starts for a 1.60 ERA over that time.
Duffy faces David Price, who has also been sneaky good, despite his 4.00 ERA. Price has a 3.45 FIP and has struck out a hitter per inning, so expect him to still be a tough matchup.
Duffy has really struggled in Fenway in the past, giving up 12 runs in 15 1/3 innings. But some of that is small sample size noise, and this has been a different Duffy this year. Besides, if we're worried about small sample size matchups, the Royals seemed to handle David Price just fine in recent memory.
Get the Royals another win tonight, Ryan.