Kansas City Royals vs Seattle Mariners MLB Free Pick
Every online baseball betting season delivers a surprise team or two that make the playoffs seemingly out of nowhere. The team that did it last year was the Kansas City Royals, and while many people believed that the run to the World Series was done with smoke and mirrors, they are proving this year that perhaps it wasn’t blind luck after all. The Royals are in Seattle right now for a 3-game series with the Mariners. The final game of this series is set for Wednesday night.
A Look at the Kansas City Royals vs Seattle Mariners MLB Free Pick & TV Info
Time: Wednesday, 10:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Safeco Field, Seattle
National TV: none
Opening line: Mariners -118, Royals +108 (7.5)
The Royals (40-27) came out of the gate quickly this season, and despite a few stumbles here and there, have been very consistent. They now have a solid 3.5 game lead atop the AL Central division, and are continuing to make hay while some of the challengers in the division are going through a bit of a rough patch. The way in which Kansas City is getting the job done this season is very different than how they did it last year. During 2014, they had to find ways to manufacture runs due to a distinct lack of power in the line-up. That meant a lot of stolen bases, which is something that they have not had to rely on much this season. The Royals got this current series off to a winning start with a comfortable 4-1 win on Monday night. Danny Duffy (2-3, 5.87 ERA) will take to the mound for the Royals in the final game of this series. He will be looking to bounce back after losing each of his last 3 starts.
The Seattle Mariners (32-39) are now 8.5 games back in the AL West, and are seeing their season start to slip away. There are a number of reasons why the Mariners have been struggling this season, but their lack of hitting has to be one of the major concerns. They have only driven home 239 runs this season, which is the third worst number in all of baseball. The Mariners faithful have had little to cheer about this season, but they have to be delighted with the hiring of Edgar Martinez as the team’s new hitting coach. Martinez is a beloved figure in the city of Seattle, and the hope will be that he can impart some of his wisdom into the current line-up. Roenis Elias (4-4, 3.56 ERA) will be on the hill for the Mariners on Wednesday, and will be looking to make it 2 wins in a row.
Key Betting Trends
•Kansas City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
•Kansas City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
•The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Seattle’s last 11 games at home
•The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle’s last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
While the hiring of Martinez is a nice addition to the Mariners family, it is going to take him some time to turn those bats around. While that is happening, I expect them to lose this one to the Royals.