Brady Singer will get the start for the Royals (38-81, 22-37 home) as they host the Mariners (63-54, 29-26 away) at Kauffman Stadium. The Mariners will give the starting nod to Logan Gilbert. Check out my prediction for game one of this American League matchup between the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals.
SEATTLE MARINERS VS KANSAS CITY ROYALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Seattle Mariners -142
This game will be played at Kauffman Stadium at 8:10 ET on Monday, August 14th.
WHY BET THE SEATTLE MARINERS:
- In their last five games, the Mariners have a record of 3-2.
- The Mariners will be taking on a Royals club that is just 4-6 over their last ten games.
- Opponents are hitting just .198 against Logan Gilbert in his last five starts.
CAN THE SEATTLE MARINERS PULL OUT A WIN AS ROAD FAVORITES?
This season, the Mariners are 63-54, putting them 3rd in the AL West. On the road this season, Seattle has been above .500 team at 29-26. Overall, they have gone 19-16-2 in their 37 series.
Logan Gilbert has been impressive in 23 appearances so far this season, boasting a .372 slugging percentage allowed and a 1.02 WHIP. With an overall record of 10-5 and an ERA of 3.66, Gilbert has tallied 138 strikeouts and is averaging 9.02 strikeouts per nine innings. On the road, he holds a 7-1 record with an ERA of 4.23, while his home record stands at 3-4 with an ERA of 4.56.
The Mariners were victorious the last time Logan Gilbert was on the mound, defeating the Padres 2-0. The right-hander pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, not allowing any earned runs and earning himself a win in the process.
This season, the Mariners are 14th in the league at 4.5 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .251 (11th) leading to 4 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.3 walks per game compared to 9 strikeouts. Seattle’s on-base percentage of .314 has them 15th in the MLB.
Over the Mariners’ last ten games, Cal Raleigh has been a major offensive force, leading the team in home runs with 3 and boasting a season-long total of 20. His overall batting average stands at .225.
WILL THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Heading into their 119th game of the season, the Royals have an overall record of 38-81, and have a win percentage of just 37.3% at home. Currently, Kansas City is 5th in the AL Central and has a 6-29-3 record across their 38 series.
Brady Singer is making his 24th start of the season with an 8-8 record. His ERA stands at 5.05, with opposing batters hitting .269 against him. On the road, he has a 3-4 record and 7.95 ERA, while at home he is 5-4 with a 4.76 ERA. For the season, teams have a slugging percentage of .439 when facing Singer.
The Royals are hoping that Brady Singer can be a leader in their quest for victory, as they emerged triumphant the last time he took the mound. He allowed three earned runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, resulting in a 9-3 win.
The Royals have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 7 home runs over their last five games. Compared to other clubs, this is 4th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 23rd in home runs and 18th in slugging percentage. Overall, Kansas City is averaging 3.9 runs per game (25th).
Bobby Witt Jr. has been a major contributor to the Royals’ offense this season. He currently holds a .272 batting average, and has driven in 71 runs and hit 21 home runs so far.