Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners
|Date & Time||Monday June 17, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
Seattle Mariners / Kansas City Royals -- O/U:
FS-Kansas City, ROOT-Northwest
The Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from T-Mobile Park on Monday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to build some steam after picking up a victory against Minnesota to avoid the sweep on Sunday, taking the series finale by a final score of 8-6. Jorge Bonifacio, Martin Maldonado and Billy Hamilton each had two RBIs with Bonifacio and Maldonado each chipping in a double. Whit Merrifield added an RBI as well while Cheslor Cuthbert and Nicky Lopez each added a base hit as well in the victory. Jakob Junis gave up two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five over 3.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Jorge Lopez got the win in relief to improve to 1-6 this season while Ian Kennedy picked up his 7th save of the season. Danny Duffy will start game one and is 3-3 with a 4.38 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. In his career, Duffy is 1-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Seattle.
The Seattle Mariners will look to pick up some momentum after earning a series victory against the Oakland A’s, taking Sunday’s rubber match by a final score of 6-3. Mallex Smith and Kyle Seager each had two RBIs with Smith going 2 for 5 with a home run while Seager added a double. Dee Gordon went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI and Tom Murphy added an RBI of his own to round out Seattle’s scoring as a team in the winning effort. Mac Williamson and Austin Nola each had base hits as well to finish off Seattle’s offense as a team in the victory. Mike Leake got the win to improve to 6-6 on the year after giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Roenis Elias closed out the 9th for his 7th save of the year. Tommy Milone will start game one and is 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. In his career, Milone is 5-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 37 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 11-41 in their last 52 games against the AL West and 16-44 in their last 60 road games while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. Seattle is 8-21 in their last 29 home games and 15-36 in their last 51 games overall while the over is 20-5-3 in their last 28 games following a win. Kansas City is 0-9 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
This game is hard to pick, as you’re basically guessing which team is going to suck less. Seattle has won back-to-back games just once since April 27th, while Kansas City has won back-to-back games just twice over that same span. Duffy has also been Kansas City’s best starter for the most part this season, but the problem is that Duffy has allowed four or more runs in four of his last six starts. Milone hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his appearances this season, and I have to think that playing at home gives Seattle somewhat of an edge as Kansas City has been brutal on the road this season. I’ll side with the Mariners to pick up the first win of the series on Monday.