Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Free Pick 9/24/13
Kansas City Royals (83-73) at Seattle Mariners (68-89)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Bruce Chen (L) (5-3) (3.449) vs. James Paxton (L) (2-0) (2.118)
The Line: Seattle Mariners +115 / Kansas City Royals -125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals will be facing off against the Mariners on Tuesday in game two of their series.
The Seattle Mariners fought the Royals, but in the end KC ended up with the win in extra innings, defeating the Mariners 5-6. The Mariners had Maurer on the hill against the Royals on Monday, and Maurer was solid in his effort, lasting seven innings, giving up just two runs off of four hits. The Mariners were forced to use their bullpen extensively however as Seattle needed six different arms to try and outlast the Royals in extras. Seattle will have James Paxton on the hill Tuesday against Kansas City. Paxton has just one career start against the Royals, and in that start, Paxton went six full innings, giving up just two runs off of four hits to the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners in extra frames on Monday, and right now the Royals just need to keep winning to try and keep pace in the wild card hunt. The Royals, like the Mariners, used six different arms from the bullpen on Monday night. Getting the start for the Royals was Ventura, who had a very solid outing, going five and two thirds innings, only giving up one run off of two hits on the night. Kansas City would like to rest their bullpen on Tuesday I’m sure, so the Royals will be hoping for a strong performance from Bruce Chen. Chen has been solid against the Mariners in his career, going 4-1 with an ERA of 3.21 and a WHIP of 1.13 in ten starts and 14 appearances against Seattle.
The Royals are a positive 39-36 overall on the road this season, and the Royals are a perfect .500 for the year when facing left handed starters, going 23-23. The Mariners are struggling at home (and everywhere else) this season, with a home record of 33-43, and against Lefties, the Mariners are just 21-29 on the year.
Bruce Chen is a solid pitcher, but I’m going to back the Mariners in this spot. Seattle showed us last night that they aren’t going to lay down to anyone, and the Mariners may have an advantage here with the Royals not having much experience against Paxton. Paxton has also been very solid lately, going 2-0 with an ERA of 2.12 and a WHIP of 1.059 in his last three starts.