Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/20/14
Seattle Mariners (37-36) at Kansas City Royals (39-33)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (5-3) (2.591) vs. James Shields (R) (8-3) (3.502)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -125 / Seattle Mariners +115 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, ROOT-Northwest
The Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners face off on Friday in Kansas City as they begin their weekend series.
The Kansas City Royals are the hottest team in baseball despite coming off of a loss o Thursday in Detroit. The Royals are 18-16 at home, 9-1 in their last 10 games, ad they have a half of a game lead in the AL Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .262 with Alcides Escobar hitting .292, Alex Gordon is hitting .288, and Salvador Perez is hitting .276. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.69 with the starters at 3.72 and the bullpen at 3.63. For game one against the Mariners the Royals start James Shields who has won his last five decisions. For the season Shields has allowed 104 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 81 over 97.2 innings for an 8-3 record and a 3.50 ERA.
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The Seattle Mariners have been competitive this season but in the AL West that isn’t close to being good enough. The Mariners are 20-16 on the road, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they have lost two in a row. As a team the Mariners are hitting .238 with Robinson Cano hitting .327, Kyle Seagar hitting .257, and Dustin Ackley hitting .232. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.29 with the starters at 3.56 and the bullpen at 2.70. For game one against the Royals the Mariners start Hisashi Iwakuma who has the second lowest ERA in the American League since 2012. For the season Iwakuma has allowed 56 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 47 over 66 innings for a 5-3 record and a 2.59 ERA.
Kansas City is 4-0 in their last four home games, 13-4 in their last 17 games, and 5-2 in Shields’ last seven home starts. Seattle is 4-0 on the road against a team with a winning record, 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog, and 4-1 in Iwakuma’s last five starts as a road underdog.
The Royas are just too hot and while I rarely play against Iwakuma I am here.
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