First pitch is set for 9:10 pm ET tonight at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. This game can also be seen on MLB TV.
After coming off of a 6-1 victory, the Royals are the -128 road betting favorite according to 5 Dimes Sportsbook and the total for the game is exceptionally low at 6.5 runs.
Maybe it’s the combination of the below average offenses that these two teams carry and the above average starting pitching.
Yordano Ventura (2-1, 2.00) gets the start for the Royals and he’ll be opposed by the veteran, Chris Young (2-0, 3.03) for the Mariners. Both pitchers have pitched well recently. Young has allowed just 7 runs in his last 18 2/3 innings pitched (3 starts) while Ventura has been a road warrior, allowing just 5 runs in 21 innings on the road and is coming off a 10 strikeout performance on the road against San Diego in a 6-5 no-decision
With all of that said, the total of 6.5 runs seems to be quite low and reserved for aces like Felix Hernandez and Zack Greinke.
Kansas City is coming off of a 6-1 victory over Seattle in which they pounded out 16 hits. Three different Royals hitters had 3 hits apiece while 5 hitters had a multiple hit game. This should give K.C. some confidence coming into tonight.
This is a team with a lack of power, but fairly deep with a different hitter delivering each game.
Norichika Aoki (.284), Alcides Escobar (.273, 11 SB), Omar Infante, Salvador Perez, and Alex Gordon, can all step up at anytime and give this team depth, but when the Royals need offensive production, Eric Hosmer is the go to guy.
Hosmer leads the Royals in hitting at .326 and although he lacks power, he still has the ability to drive in runs (18 RBI). Hosmer has been swinging a very hot bat as of late. He’s hitting .452 for the last week and is .361 with 1 HR and 13 RBI for the season on the road. This is definitely someone that Chris Young should approach with caution.
A Power Team
The Mariners won’t hit for average as much as the Royals, but this team carries several players that can go yard at anytime.
Mike Zunino (5 HR, 16 RBI), Justin Smoak (4 HR, 22 RBI), Kyle Seager (5 HR, 19 RBI, .239), and Corey Hart (5 HR, 14 RBI,.216) can all change the complexion of a game with one swing of the bat and although they don’t hit for average, can get on-base via the walk.
One guy left of that list is Robinson Cano. Cano’s numbers over the years are unparalleled for a 2nd baseman, but since he signed a huge contract to play for Seattle and leave New York, his power numbers have taken a dramatic drop and this isn’t what Seattle expected.
On the season, Cano is batting .288, which leads the Mariners, but has just 1 HR and 19 RBI. For Seattle to be a contender instead of a mediocre team, Robbie must produce more as the season goes on.
I’m going to stay away from the betting total and there’s no reason why Seattle and their power can’t win at home for our MLB picks. The record is a bit deceiving as the Mariners have played a ton of road games to start off the season.
MLB Pick: Seattle +120 at 5 Dimes