Taijuan Walker (2-0, 1.44 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (13-10) square off against Ian Kennedy (2-2, 2.77 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (12-11) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The Royals lost the last game 6-0, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 1 and can be seen on FSKC and RTNW.
Walker pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out 11 and walking one in a 3-2 win over the Astros. Seth Smith (.298, 12 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Kennedy went 6.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking four in a 6-1 defeat to the Angels in his most recent start. Mike Moustakas (.273, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Seattle and Kansas City are Mariners -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Mariners have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
After last game's shutout win against Kansas City, the Mariners now have two shutouts this season. The Royals have been shut out in three games this season.
The Mariners are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 4-1 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Royals, as the Mariners have won their last two games while the Royals have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 9-4. The Mariners have a 9-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Kansas City has earned 77 this season. Seattle ranks 13th with 100 runs.
Ranking 28th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 60 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 84.
The Mariners are 12-7 when they hit at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 10-6 record.