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Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/8/14

Kansas City Royals (15-17) at Seattle Mariners (16-15)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Danny Duffy (L) (0-1) (2.250) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (1-0) (5.397)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -140 / Kansas City Royals +130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-KC, ROOT-NW

The Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners will begin a four-game series on Thursday.

The Royals head into this matchup losers of five of their last seven games and one game below .500. The Royals are one of the worst offensive teams in the league, but they have scored four or more runs in three of their last four games, including an 8-0 win over San Diego on Wednesday. Eric Hosmer has seven hits in his last three games. The Royals pitching has remained slightly average throughout the year. Taking the mound Thursday will be Danny Duffy, who is 1-2 with a 2.19 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 12.1 innings. This will be Duffy’s second career start against the Mariners.

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/8/14

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The Mariners have won five of their last six games and head into this game with a .500 record. For the first time nearly all season the Mariners offense has shown some consistency, scoring four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. Robinson Cano is riding a six-game hitting streak and has nine RBI in his last 10 games. The Mariners pitching rotation has also been solid and they hope that continues when Hisashi Iwakuma makes just his second start. Iwakuma allowed six hits and four runs in 6.2 innings, picking up the win against the Astros. This is Iwakuma’s second career start against the Royals. 

The Royals are 6-0 in Duffy's last 6 road starts and 8-1 in Duffy's last 9 starts. The Mariners are 4-1 in Iwakuma's last 5 starts and 17-7 in Iwakuma's last 24 home starts. The Royals are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Seattle.

The Royals have played better offensively over the last week, and Duffy has been solid in a limited role. Meanwhile, the Mariners are hitting the ball well but Iwakuma was crushed by a poor Astros team. I don't like this matchup, but there's value in taking the Royals and the plus money on the road. 

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Kansas City Royals +130

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