Roenis Elias (4-4, 3.56 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (33-39) meet Danny Duffy (2-3, 5.87) and the Kansas City Royals (40-28) in the last of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 7-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 24 and will air on FSN-KC and ROOT-NW.
Elias has a 3.09 ERA and a 1-0 record in his career against the Royals, but faces a strong Kansas City offense that's hitting .273 on the year. Kyle Seager (.265, 28 Rs, 11 HRs, 37 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Mike Moustakas (.327, 36 Rs, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Seattle, a -118 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Kansas City. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mariners have a 19-25 record and overall money line at -1,214. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the favorite (1-4).
Switching gears, the Royals come into this game with a win percentage of .571 when playing as the underdog (16-12) and an overall money line of +1,139. The Royals average just 5.8 strikeouts per game, good for least in the AL. The Royals are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.52 ERA this season. They also average just 7.9 hits allowed per game, third-best in the AL.
The Mariners will take on a left-hander (Pino) in this game and have a 7-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Elias will take the mound against the Royals, who have a 10-11 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
Seattle earned its fifth shutout of the season in its last game. Kansas City has been shut out five times this season.
Seattle has won 50% (10-10) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 69% (18-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 1-9 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-23. The Mariners have an 11-23 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 51 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 74.
Ranking 15th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.68 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.37.
Ranking 26th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.669). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .728.
The Royals are 18-20 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 13-32 when they allow at least one homer.