Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball

The Kansas City Royals are playing host to the Seattle Mariners at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will broadcast this AL matchup.

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Odds

Kansas City (+120) is the underdog against Seattle (-130) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs (-120 for the under and +100 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at Mariners -1.5 runs (+115) and Royals 1.5 runs (-135).

The Royals are 3-5 SU and 4-3 ATS. They’ve lost 2.1 units for moneyline bettors and 0.3 units against the spread (ATS). The Mariners have gone 4-4 SU this year and are 5-2 ATS. Overall, the team’s gained 2.2 units for moneyline gamblers in this young season and 2.3 units ATS.

Kansas City games have an over/under record of 1-6 so far in 2018. Seattle has an over/under record of 5-2.

The Royals just took the previous game in this series by a score of 10-0.

Felix Hernandez (1-1, 7.71 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Mariners. The right-handed Hernandez recorded 78 strikeouts across 86 innings last year (16 starts) while finishing the season 6-5 overall with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

The Royals will put the ball in the hands of lefty Eric Skoglund, who started 5 games last year while finishing the season 1-2 overall with a 9.50 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.

Kansas City’s pitching staff has allowed 3.8 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 2.70, a WHIP of 1.01 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.3. The bullpen has a 5.96 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 6.4 K/9.

The Kansas City hitters are putting up 3.3 runs per contest, including 3.0 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .238/.303/.331 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Royals’ batters have been led by Mike Moustakas, who is slashing .281/.324/.500 with nine hits, five RBIs and five runs scored. .

In the visiting dugout, Seattle’s pitchers have allowed 5.4 runs per game and its starters own a 6.13 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 5.90 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.91, along with a WHIP of 1.51 and a K-per-9 of 9.82.

Mariners hitters have slashed .257/.328/.385 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game this year, including over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Seattle’s offense has been led by Robinson Cano, who is slashing .407/.500/.519 with 11 hits, three RBIs and eight runs scored. He seemed to take a step back when hitting lefties on the road last season. Across 90 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .220/.278/.305 (compared to his overall season line of .280/.338/.453).

Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals Free MLB Tip

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

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  • The Royals went 5-2 SU against the Mariners in 2017.
  • The Royals’ bullpen managed an ERA of 2.05 against the Mariners last year.