Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Thursday April 11, 2019, 1:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Royals +125 / Seattle Mariners -147
FS-Kansas City, ROOT-Northwest
The Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals meet in the finale of their four game set from Kauffman Stadium in MLB action on Thursday afternoon.
The Seattle Mariners will look to complete the sweep after taking the first three games of the set including a 6-5 win in game three on Wednesday. Edwin Encarnacion and Mallex Smith each had two RBIs while Mitch Haniger had a solo home run and Daniel Vogelbach added an RBI as well in the winning effort. Jay Bruce added a double while Domingo Santana, Tim Beckham, Omar Narvaez, Ryon Healy and Dee Gordon each had a base hit as well in the winning effort. Yusei Kikuchi gave up three runs on five hits while striking out three over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Anthony Swarzak got the win to improve to 1-0 while Roenis Elias picked up his 2nd save of the season. Mike Leake will start game four and is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Leake is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to salvage a win after dropping game three on Wednesday. Jorge Soler had a home run and two RBIs while Hunter Dozier added a solo home run and Whit Merrifield chipped in an RBI as well. Terrance Gore fell a home run short of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a triple and a double along with an RBI to round out Kansas City’s scoring in the losing effort. Adalberto Mondesi went 2 for 4 and Chris Owings added a base knock as well to cap off KC’s offense in the loss. Heath Fillmyer allowed five runs on six hits over three innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brad Boxberger took the loss, giving up a run in the 9th to fall to 0-2 this season. Jorge Lopez will start game four and is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career start against Seattle.
Seattle is 14-2 in their last 16 games overall and 5-1 in Leake’s last 6 starts while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 road games. Kansas City is 0-8 in their last 8 games overall and 0-5 in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-0 in Lopez’s last 4 starts overall. Seattle is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
The fact that we keep getting reasonable lines like these with the hottest team out of the gates in Seattle, makes me thing that Vegas knows something I don’t. But the fact is that the Mariners keep finding ways to win games and sometimes it can truly be as simple as riding the hotter team. It doesn’t hurt that these two teams are heading in completely different directions right now either. Seattle is one of the better plays on Thursday’s card in my opinion.