Royals vs. Mariners - 7/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (43-43) at Kansas City Royals (44-41)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
H Iwakuma (8-6) (4.43) vs. Y Ventura (6-6) (5.26)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -105 / Seattle Mariners -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals play game two of their series Friday night.
The Seattle Mariners need a win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Mariners have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 3.93 and have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 109 hits, Kyle Seager has 56 RBI and Nelson Cruz has 23 home runs. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the nod, and he’s 8-6 with a 4.43 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. Iwakuma is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look for back-to-back wins for the first time this month. The Royals have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals offense has been hit or miss, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 99 hits, Alcides Escobar has 22 RBI and Kendrys Morales has 15 home runs. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 5.26 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. Ventura is 0-3 with a 4.34 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Iwakumas last 5 starts. The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 24-8 in Venturas last 32 home starts. The Mariners are 4-0 in Iwakumas last 4 starts vs. Royals.
The Mariners are in a mini slump right now, and the Royals need to start taking advantage of these home games. I also have more confidence in Ventura than I do Iwakuma on the road. In a toss-up game, give me the Royals at home for the cheap price.