Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/22/14
Seattle Mariners (38-36) at Kansas City Royals (39-34)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Roenis Elias (L) (6-5) (3.913) vs. Yordano Ventura (R) (5-5) (3.259)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -149 / Seattle Mariners +139 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-NW, FSN-KC
The Seattle Mariners will go for the sweep over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon.
The Mariners have won five of their last seven games and are three games above a .500 record. The Mariners pitching, which has a season ERA of 3.33, has allowed three or less runs in nine of their last 14 games. The Mariners are 29-12 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, the Mariners are trying to pick up their consistency with Robinson Cano having seven RBI in his last eight games. Roenis Elias gets the nod, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.91 ERA and has 80 strikeouts in 92 innings. This is Elias’ second career start against the Royals.
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The Royals have matched a 10-game winning streak with three straight losses and are four games above .500. After breaking out offensively during their winning streak, the Royals have been held to three or less runs in three of their last four games. Alex Gordon has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Billy Butler has scored eight runs in his last nine games. The Royals pitching has an ERA of 3.74. Yordano Ventura takes the mound, and he’s 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 77.1 innings. Ventura is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 7-3 in their last 10 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Royals are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter.
Have to think this is where the Royals bounce back with Ventura on the mound. The bats should wake up and held KC avoid the sweep.