In the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (87-63) and the Seattle Mariners (74-77) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Yordano Ventura (12-8, 4.40 ERA) and Roenis Elias (5-8, 4.06 ERA) get the start. The Mariners won the last game 11-2 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 23 and will air on FSKC and RTNW.
In his last start, Ventura pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in an 8-4 victory over the Indians. Lorenzo Cain (.304, 95 Rs, 16 HRs, 68 RBIs, 28 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Mariners were unsuccessful to the Rangers 3-1 the last time Elias pitched. He went 0.1 inning, allowing zero runs and striking out one. Nelson Cruz (.311, 86 Rs, 42 HRs, 88 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Mariners, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Kansas City is a -173 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Royals have a winning record of 53-34 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,653. The Royals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Royals are a stellar hitting team with 9.3 hits per home game, one of the highest marks in the AL. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with 97 steals. Kansas City's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Royals have a team ERA of 3.77, one of the lowest in their league.
On the other side, the Mariners have a record of 31-32 when they are the underdog and are -1,327 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 3-1 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 6-4. Seattle is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 187 home runs. Seattle has an eye for the strike zone, ranking 3.0 in the AL with fifth walks per game. Seattle's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.8 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.5.
The Royals will take on a left-hander (Elias) in this game and have a 26-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Ventura will take the mound against the Mariners, who have a 51-49 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Seattle has won 41% (24-35) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 61% (34-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Royals have a 0-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 49-21. The Royals have a 68-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Seattle has earned 617 this season. Kansas City ranks fourth with 675 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 342 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 449.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 61-29. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 63-45 record.