Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners Game Two- 8/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (56-55) at Kansas City Royals (56-52)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
E Ramirez (4-2) (4.83) vs. Jake Junis (3-2) (6.25)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -120 / Seattle Mariners +100 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, ROOT-Northwest
The Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals close out their four game set in the second half of a doubleheader from Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.
The Seattle Mariners will look to finish the series strong and build some momentum after winning five of their last seven games heading into the opener of the doubleheader on Sunday. Robinson Cano is the team’s leader in the hit department, racking up a total of 108 hits this season, while Jean Segura is three behind the leader, putting up 105 with a team-high batting average of .315. Nelson Cruz is the team’s most productive hitter on the scoreboard, racking up 22 homers and 80 RBIs this season. Erasmo Ramirez will start the finale for the M’s and is 4-3 with a 4.83 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ramirez is 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA and 10 strikeouts against Kansas City.
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The Kansas City Royals will need to turn things around if they’re to maintain their hold on the second AL wild card spot after dropping five of their last seven heading into action on Sunday. Eric Hosmer is far and away the team’s most consistent hitter, racking up 131 hits this season, including 22 doubles and 16 home runs while maintaining a .319 batting average. Mike Moustakas has done the most damage for KC on the scoreboard, belting out a team-high 30 homers while adding a team-leading 70 RBIs to the cause. Salvador Perez isn’t far behind, cranking 21 homers with 65 RBIs to this point this season. Jake Junis will start game four for Kansas City and is 3-2 with a 5.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Junis’ first career start against Seattle.
Seattle is 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 road games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter. Kansas City is 6-2 in their last 8 games against the AL West and 6-1 in their last 7 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
Ramirez isn’t the type to go far into games, but he may need to if the M’s use up some of their bullpen in the first game of the doubleheader. If they do, Seattle could be in trouble as Ramirez has struggled in his career against KC and while Junis hasn’t been great this season, the Royals need to keep winning to maintain their position as we head towards September. Look for Junis and the Royals to take the finale from the Mariners here.