Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Monday April 8, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Royals +120 / Seattle Mariners -141
FS-Kansas City, ROOT-Northwest
The Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals meet in game one of a four game MLB set from Kauffman Stadium on Monday night.
The Seattle Mariners will look to keep their momentum going after a 12-5 beatdown of the White Sox in their last outing. Daniel Vogelbach led the Mariners by going 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs, a double and six RBIs while Edwin Encarnacion went 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs. Domingo Santana and Omar Narvaez each had an RBI while Mallex Smith went 2 for 5 at the dish and Dee Gordon added a base hit as well in the winning effort. Wade LeBlanc got the win to improve to 2-0 after giving up just two runs on six hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Felix Hernandez will start game one and is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hernandez is 7-6 with a 3.26 ERA and 91 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will be out to snap a 6-game losing streak after being swept for the second straight series, losing 3-1 to the Detroit Tigers in their series finale on Sunday. Alex Gordon had an RBI while Whit Merrifield and Billy Hamilton each had 3 hits and a stolen base with Merrifield adding a double. Cam Gallagher added a base knock of his own to round out KC’s offense in the losing effort. Brad Keller took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing all three runs on five hits over six innings of work. Homer Bailey will start game one and is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. This will be Bailey’s first career start against Seattle.
Seattle is 2-9 in Hernandez’s last 11 starts and 12-2 in their last 14 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Kansas City is 0-6 in their last 6 games overall and 6-26 in their last 32 games against the AL West while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Seattle is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Getting a home underdog can be a tempting proposition, but the problem here is that I don’t think we are getting enough plus money to consider taking a shot on the Royals here. Seattle is swinging one of the hottest bats in the majors and just put up 29 runs in three games against the White Sox. Homer Bailey hasn’t been a pitcher that we can rely on throwing zeroes on a consistent basis and while it was just 5.1 innings in his debut. Hernandez appeared to turn back the clock a little bit, giving up just one earned run. This low of a price is too good to pass on with the Mariners in their current form so I will keep riding the hot hand until it stops paying off.