It's a battle of Brandon's tonight in KC when the Mariners send Brandon Morrow out to battle the Royals' Brandon Duckworth. Side with Seattle as the road pups at Kauffman Stadium.
Brandon Morrow was one of the top relievers in the American League and he has made a smooth transition to a starting role with two excellent outings under his belt. Morrow has allowed just six hits and three runs in nearly 13 innings as a starter and his season ERA is an exceptional 1.64. The Mariners are a respectable 10-9 in the last 19 games and Seattle has won 24 of the last 35 meetings with Kansas City including five of the last nine at Kauffman Stadium.
Brandon Duckworth has allowed at least two runs and pitched less than six innings in each of the last four starts he has made. Duckworth has 12 walks allowed and just 10 strikeouts in 20 innings. Pitching at home has not been beneficial as he owns an 8.00 ERA and a 2.22 WHIP. The Royals enter this series having won four of the past five games but the Kansas City offense has had much better production against left-handed pitching.
Kansas City is seven games below .500 at home this season and the Royals are just 2-6 in Duckworth’s last eight starts. Kansas City has had trouble scoring runs at home with three runs or fewer in twelve of the last 17 home games. Morrow has the potential to a front-of-the-rotation type starter and he will relish the chance to get some late season innings in.
Free Pick: Mariners +103