Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners 6-29-18 Series Preview Picks and Prediction

Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners 6-29-18 Series Preview Picks and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (24-55) vs Seattle Mariners (49-31)

Date : 06/29/2018
Time : 10:10 PM ET
Location : Safeco Field

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Kansas City Royals vs Seattle Mariners

The Mariners will welcome the Royals to Safeco Field as the two teams will go head to head in a 3 games series starting Friday. The Mariners are second in the AL West division while the Royals are in the last place of the AL Central. This will be their 2nd meeting of the season, the Mariners won the first meeting on the road.

Game 1&2: 10:10 PM ET

Game 3: 4:10 PM ET

Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :

The Royals will cap off 9 game road trip as they will take on the Mariners in a 3 game set, they are 13-26 when playing on the road this season. It hasn’t been a good season for the Royals this season they have a record of 24-55 putting them into the last place of the AL Central division. The Royals have lost 18 of their last 21 games. Playing the Mariners on the road will be challenging for the Royals considering how well the Mariners are playing at home this season. Coming into this series the Royals are last in pitching and batting, 5.32 ERA and only 278 runs scored respectively. It is hard to win games with numbers like that.

Player to watch in this series: Adalberto Mondesi, he went 2-for-3 and hit his first homer, I expect him to try to carry on this trend against the Mariners. He has started six of the Royals’ nine games since his call-up, and one imagines that percentage will keep increasing given the way the veterans have played. Once a player has the confidence you expect them to replicate them. He is hoping to keep his position on the team ever since he got called up from Triple-A Omaha. He is slashing .208/.240/.417 in the Majors. 

Team leaders: 

  • RBIs: Mike Moustakas (48)
  • Homers: Mike Moustakas (14)
  • Batting Average: Jon Jay (.302)

Probable Pitchers for this series:

Game 1: Ian Kennedy, he takes the mound as the Royals open a three-game series in Seattle. Kennedy was outstanding Saturday in Houston, throwing seven innings of two-run ball while giving up four hits.

Game 2: Jason Hammel, he will get the start in Game 2 against the Mariners in Seattle. He got tagged his last time out against the Astros in Houston, allowing seven runs in just four innings, including a Yuli Gurriel grand slam.

Game 3: Brad Keller, he will finish off the series against the Mariners in Seattle. He threw a stellar seven innings Monday against the Angels, allowing just two hits and picking up his first career win as a starter.

Seattle Mariners's Latest Performance :

The Mariners will return home for a 9 game homestand starting on Friday as they will take on the Royals in a three-game series. The Mariners are 25-14 when playing at home this season, they are currently in the second place of the AL West division and only 3 1/2 games behind the World Series Champion Astros. Playing against the Royals will allow them to cut into the gap. Coming into this series the Mariners are 15th in batting with 350 runs scored this season and 16th in pitching with a 4.04 ERA. The Mariners are on the verge of sweeping the O’s they will have all the momentum when they return to Safeco Field. The Mariners have come back to win 22 times this season.

Player to watch in this series: Kyle Seager, he homered and plated three runs, he drove in the only runs of the game for the Mariners, knotting things up with a solo shot in the fourth inning and putting the M’s ahead for good with a two-run single in the eighth. It’s the 14th longball of the season for Seager, who is on pace for 28 home runs and 95 RBI but has an OPS under .700. He is currently slashing .225/.275/.421 with 47 RBIs and 14 homers. 

Team leaders: 

  • RBIs: Mitch Haniger (59)
  • Homers: Nelson Cruz (20)
  • Batting Average: Jean Segura (.337)

Probable Pitchers for this series:

Game 1: Marco Gonzales, his ERA jumped from 3.42 to 4.04 as he gave up 15 hits and 11 runs in 12 1/3 innings in back-to-back losses at New York and Boston. His shortest start this season came at Kansas City in April, when he allowed eight hits and four runs in 2 1/3.

Game 2: Felix Hernandez, he will start in game 2 as he picked up a win after allowing three runs in six innings Monday against the Orioles. He’s allowed at least three runs in five of his seven wins this season.

Game 3: James Paxton, he will be closing out the series against the Royals as bounced back from a couple rough outings to hold the Orioles to two runs while fanning 10 over seven frames in the Mariners’ 3-2 victory. He is 6-2 on the year with a 3.72 ERA. 

How Kansas City Royals & Seattle Mariners Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Mariners are 8-2 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.

Royals are 17-35 in their last 52 road games vs. a team with a winning record.

Against The Spread Selection: Seattle Mariners

My reason for the pick :

The Mariners should be able to take of business at home as I predict a series sweep for the Mariners at home against the Royals. The Royals will have no answer for the Mariners in this series as they will simply be outplayed by the Mariners. The Mariners want to start off this homestand on the right foot and by sweeping the Royals in a three-game set will definitely send a message to all the teams that will have to play and try to beat the Mariners at home. The Royals offense will continue to sputter against the Mariners on the road.

Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:

  • Royals are 16-39 in their last 55 vs. a team with a winning record.

Betting trends for Seattle Mariners:

  • Mariners are 21-8 in their last 29 games vs. a right-handed starter.

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