The Seattle Mariners will pay a visit to Kansas City to face off against the Royals at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. This AL showdown will get underway at 8:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will be airing the game.
Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Odds
Seattle (+140) is hosting this game as the underdog against Kansas City (-160) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). The games most recent runline odds stand at -105 for taking the Mariners -1.5 runs and -105 for the Royals +1.5.
The Mariners are 4-3 SU and have gone 5-2 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 2.2 units for moneyline bettors this year and 2.3 units ATS. The Royals are 2-5 SU and 4-2 ATS. The team has lost 1.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 0.9 units ATS.
Royals games have an over/under record of 1-5 thus far in 2018. Mariners games have gone over five times, gone under two times and pushed on zero instances.
The Mariners have gained 1.1 units and are 4-2 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Royals have netted 0.0 units and are 1-1 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in zero of those games, compared to two that’ve cashed the under.
Marco Gonzales (1-0, 4.26 ERA) will get the nod for the visiting Mariners. The southpaw Gonzales started eight games last year while finishing the season 1-1 overall with a 6.08 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.
The Royals are going with righty Jakob Junis (1-0, 0.00 ERA) as their starter. Junis started 16 games last year while finishing the season 9-3 overall with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
As a unit, Kansas City’s pitchers have given up 4.3 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 3.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 6.53 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 5.7 K/9.
The Kansas City hitters are putting up 2.3 runs per outing, including 1.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .196/.245/.268 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.
The Royals batters have been led by left fielder Jon Jay and first baseman Lucas Duda. Jay is hitting .292/.433/.375 with seven hits, one RBI and three runs scored, while Duda’s line is .227/.261/.500 with five hits, seven RBIs and two runs scored.
Compared to his overall season slash line of .296/.374/.375, Jay enjoyed hitting against left-handed pitchers at home in 2017, slashing .321/.500/.357 over 40 such plate appearances.
In the visiting dugout, Seattle’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.54 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 5.30 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.80, along with a K-per-9 of 10.65.
The Mariners offense has slashed .277/.341/.420 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game this season, including over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).
Seattle’s offensive production been led by outfielder Mitch Haniger and second baseman Robinson Cano. Haniger is hitting .333/.467/.625 with eight hits, six RBIs and four runs scored, while Cano (.440/.517/.560) is up to 11 hits, three RBIs and eight runs scored.
Cano thrived batting against righties in 2017. Over 455 plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .312/.371/.519 (his total season line was .280/.338/.453).
Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Royals, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – UNDER
- The Royals went 5-2 SU against the Mariners in 2017.
- The Royals bullpen recorded 2.05 ERA against the Mariners last year.