The Seattle Mariners tangle with the Kansas City Royals in a three-game series.
The Mariners lost to Baltimore 5-3 on Sunday. Josh Rojas scored two runs in the game and was 1 for 1 at the plate. Bryce Miller was on the mound for 5.0 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run. He also walked two and struck out two in the loss.
The Royals lost a close one to the Cardinals 4-5 yesterday, leaving the series tied 1-1. Matt Duffy and Kyle Isbel went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI. Cole Ragans gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 5.0 innings on the mound. He also walked four and struck out five in a poor performance.
Can the Mariners get things back on track, or will the Royals take a 1-0 series lead at home?
Mariners vs. Royals Information & Odds
- Fixture: Seattle @ Kansas City
- Date and Time: August 14, 2023, at 8:10 pm EST
- Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
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Seattle (63-54) is currently third in the AL West standings. They have won eight of their last ten games and are 6.5 games behind the Rangers for first. The Mariners’ offense is ranked 25th, with a team batting average of .236 and an OPS of .716. J.P. Crawford leads the team with a .266 batting average and an OBP of .379. Cal Raleigh has smacked a team-high 20 home runs, and Eugenio Suarez has collected 73 RBIs.
Logan Gilbert will toe the slab for game one. He is 10-5 with an ERA of 3.66 and 138 strikeouts. Gilbert has pitched 137.2 innings in 23 games and carries a WHIP of 1.02. Seattle’s bullpen is ranked first, with a team ERA of 3.68 and 31 saves. They have given up 429 earned runs, struck out 1,074 batters, and carries a WHIP of 1.16.
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City has a record of 38-81 and is currently last in the AL Central standings. They are 4-6 in their previous ten games and are 23.5 behind the Twins for first. The Royals have a team batting average of .241, an OPS of .691, and their offense ranks 19th in the league. Bobby Witt Jr. leads the team in every batting category. He has a batting average of .272, an OBP of .313, and has collected 128 hits. He has blasted 21 home runs and drove in 71 RBIs.
Brady Singer (8-8) will take the bump in this one. He has an ERA of 5.05 and struck out 108 batters this season. Singer has played 23 games, pitched 128.1 innings, and has a WHIP of 1.37. Kansas City’s pitching has been horrible this year and ranks 22nd in the league. They have a team ERA of 5.17 and 17 saves. They have given up 595 earned runs, struck out 1,050 batters, and carry a WHIP of 1.41.
Mariners vs. Royals Betting Trends
Seattle is 59-58 ATS this season, while KC is 52-66 ATS. The Mariners have a 54% to win outright, while the Royals enter with a 60% chance to cover the +1.5 run line. The under in this one has a 56% chance of hitting. In 12 of their last 13 games, over 7.5 runs have been scored when KC has played Seattle at home. The Royals are 30-59 when favored by +122 or worse this year. The Mariners have won 56% of the games they’ve played as the favorite.
Mariners vs. Royals Game Prediction
The Mariners have been playing well, but their offense has sputtered. Their pitching is phenomenal, and I see Gilbert obliterating this weak Royals lineup. Seattle has scored over 4.5 runs in 6 of their last 7 games against KC, and I see that trend continuing today. Give the Mariners to win this one and cover the run line. Look for Singer to struggle against a lineup that has been humming lately.