Yordano Ventura (2-0, 2.35 ERA) starts for the Kansas City Royals (12-10) as they square off against Wade Miley (1-2, 7.04 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (12-10) in the second of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 1-0, and Seattle leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 30 and can be seen on FSKC and RTNW.
Miley pitched 7.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking two in a 9-4 win over the Angels. Seth Smith (.288, 11 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Ventura went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 6-1 win over the Orioles in his most recent start. Eric Hosmer (.341, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base.
The odds for Seattle and Kansas City are Kansas City -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now.
The Mariners have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Royals lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Mariners are 4-5. The Royals are 4-3 in close games this season.
Seattle recorded at least two errors for the third time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Mariners are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 3-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-6. The Mariners have a 3-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 20 this season. Seattle ranks sixth with 30 home runs.
Ranking 23rd, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.86 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 with 8.67.
Seattle and Kansas City both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Seattle sits at 19th with an OPS of .700, and Kansas City ranks 16th with an OPS of .711.
The Royals are 7-8 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 7-7 when they allow at least one homer.