Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick - 9/3/13
Seattle Mariners (62-75) at Kansas City Royals (71-66)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Erasmo Ramirez (R) (5-1) (5.169) vs. Bruce Chen (L) (3-2) (3.037)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -157 / Seattle Mariners +147 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals still have the postseason in mind with the Seattle Mariners in town.
Seattle obviously isn't in the playoff chase and that's mostly because runs aren't always easy to come by for them. That has been an issue for a number of years and has left the pitching to carry the workload. That trend continued in a 3-1 loss at Kansas City on Monday, which saddled the M's with defeats in eight of eleven. Felix Hernandez absorbed the loss, despite a winnable performance that saw him give up all three runs on six hits and a free pass over 6.2 innings. The Mariners attack had their share of base runners on seven hits and four BB, but mustered only an RBI triple from Brad Miller. Erasmo Ramirez gets the starting nod Tuesday against the playoff hopeful Royals. Ramirez looks to build on a 3-2 decision at Houston, in which he allowed both runs on five hits and and a pair of BB in 5.2 frames.
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The Royals postseason dreams have come down to going on a season-ending hot streak and hoping for some help, with Detroit appearing to be too far ahead in the American League Central, unless they fall off the map. Following Monday's victory, Kansas City has won seven of nine and, if they maintain this pace, the Wild Card might be an outside possibility. The good news is the work on the mound has been above average in this stretch and was solid Monday, with starter Danny Duffy allowing a run, despite five hits and four free passes in 3.1 frames. Not real good, but Will had a one-hit shutout over 4.1 frames to get the win. The KC attack mustered six hits and walked once, with Emilio Bonifacio and Mike Moustakas driving in runs. Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen shoots for consecutive victories, following a 3-1 win over Minnesota on the road. Chen gave up the lone run on a solo homer through 5.2 innings of work to pick up win number six.
Ramirez is really an unknown as a starter in 2013 and Chen can be difficult for me to pinpoint and always has. That makes laying the big chalk with him less then ideal for me, so do with this you will.