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Domingo Santana and the surging Seattle Mariners will take the field against the Kansas City Royals at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in a Thursday showdown. This AL matchup will begin at 1:15 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to Fox Sports Kansas City.

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Odds

Bookmakers have Seattle (-140) as the favorite over Kansas City (+130). You can play matchup’s total with current odds listed at -115 for over 9.5 runs and -105 for under 9.5. This game currently has a runline of Mariners -1.5 (+105) and Royals +1.5 (-125).

The Royals are only 2-9 straight up (SU) and 4-6 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.5 units for moneyline bettors and 2.3 units ATS. Kansas City has covered the spread just twice in its last seven games and the total went over in five of those seven. On the other hand, the Mariners have gone 12-2 SU this year and are 11-2 against the spread. In total, the team’s accumulated 10.8 units for moneyline bettors through the early part of the season and 9.9 units ATS. Seattle has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Kansas City games have had an over/under record of 7-2-1 so far in 2019. The Mariners have been a decent over bet with a total record of 10-1-2.

Right-hander Mike Leake (2-0, 2.92 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Mariners. Leake started 31 games last year while finishing the season 10-10 overall with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

The Royals have tabbed righty Jorge Lopez (0-1, 4.09 ERA) as their starter. Lopez started 7 games last year while finishing the season 2-5 overall with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

Seattle’s pitching staff allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.72 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 6.52 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.09, along with a WHIP of 1.28 and a K/9 of 8.35.

Mariners hitters have slashed .295/.380/.558 on their way to 7.9 runs scored per game this season, including 7.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 9.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (5-0 SU).

Left fielder Domingo Santana and shortstop Tim Beckham have led Seattle’s offense. Santana is slashing .345/.424/.603 with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 11 runs scored, while Beckham has a .386 average with four homers, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Kansas City’s pitching staff has given up 6.1 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starters have an ERA of 5.52, a WHIP of 1.45 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.9. The bullpen has a 7.04 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 7.7 K/9.

The Kansas City hitters are putting up 4.4 runs per outing, including 3.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .243/.304/.402 over its last five contests and is 0-5 SU during that span.

The Royals’ offense has been led by second baseman Whit Merrifield and shortstop Adalberto Mondesi. Merrifield is hitting .340/.380/.532 with 16 hits, five RBIs and 11 runs scored, and Mondesi’s line is .304/.313/.587 with 14 hits, eight RBIs and seven runs.

The Mariners have gained 7.5 units and are 9-2 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in eight of those games, compared to one that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Royals have lost 5.5 units and are 3-4 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in six of those games, compared to one which went under the total.

Mariners at Royals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Mariners, ATS Winner – Mariners, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Seattle has logged 23 extra-base hits over its last five games. Kansas City has 15 XBH over its last five.
  • The Mariners have won nine of their last 10 games SU.
  • Seattle fielders have 14 errors over the last 10 games, compared to only three errors for Kansas City over its last 10.
  • The Mariners have hit 22 home runs in their last 10 games, including 13 over their last five.