Kansas City Royals (25-56) at Seattle Mariners (52-31)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 30, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners -183 / Kansas City Royals +173 --- Over/Under: 8
The Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at Safeco Field.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win here after losing 12 of their last 15 games. The Royals have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 15 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 19 of their last 20 games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 85 hits and 24 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler have combined for 138 hits and 78 RBI. Jason Hammel gets the ball, and he is 2-9 with a 5.34 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 3-3 with a 3.53 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Mariners have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Seattle Mariners have won six straight games when scoring at least one run. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 107 hits and 45 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 169 hits and 81 RBI. Felix Hernandez gets the ball, and he is 7-6 with a 5.10 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Hernandez is 6-6 with a 3.15 ERA and 86 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 3-9 in their last 12 Saturday games, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 0-4 in Hammels last 4 starts. The Mariners are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in Hernandezs last 7 starts. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Neither of these pitchers have been great this season, but Hernandez has shown flashes of turning it around, allowing three or less runs in each of his last three starts. Hammel is allowing a .291 batting average on the season and has given up 13 runs in his last 9.2 innings of work. Not to mention the Seattle Mariners continue to find ways to win games, while the Royals have lost 19 of their last 20 games when allowing at least one run. Give me the M's at home.