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Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Free Pick - 9/25/13

Kansas City Royals (83-74) at Seattle Mariners (69-89)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Ervin Santana (R) (9-9) (3.161) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (13-6) (2.764)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -114 / Kansas City Royals +104 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Kansas City, ROOT-Northwest

The Seattle Mariners look to end the playoff drive of the Kansas City Royals with another win.

The Royals have probably exceeded most expectations with their best season in what seems like forever but in the end that might not be enough to snag a Wild Card berth. The Royals are mathematically alive but that's about it following a 4-0 loss at Seattle. It was not a good time for the offense to go flat and even worse when starter Bruce Chen was hit hard. Chen allowed all four runs on seven hits and three free passes in five frames which was too much for an offense that maged five hits and didn't pose much of a threat. Kansas City turns to veteran Ervin Santana to keep their postseason hopes afloat against Seattle. Santana has thrown three straight quality starts where he has allowed four runs in 21 innings.

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Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Free Pick - 9/25/13

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The Mariners are obviously going no where and just might be taking Kansas City with them if they can knock off the visitors for the second straight night. Tuesday's win was only their fourth in eleven contests as the bats and arms have struggled to get on the same page. That wasn't an issue Tuesday when James Paxton tossed a dominant seven scoreless innings with four hits allowed while striking out ten. With one swing of the bat Justin Smoak made him a winner with a three run bomb in the 5th while Kendrys Morales singled in a run and scored. The Mariners hand the ball to Hisashi Iwakuma for his final start of 2013 when he faces the visiting Royals. Hisashi has not allowed a run in consecutive outings where he has given up seven hits in 15 frames.

Kansas City has reached the point where they must win out and get some help or the postseason will have to wait another year. With Hisashi throwing zeros on the scoreboard it might be lights out for KC or so I think...

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