One of the oldest cliché’s in professional sports is about how difficult it is to repeat as a champion, and the fact that so many teams are unable to do so is a testament to that. The Kansas City Royals are the team trying to get back to the top of the mountain this season, but they are already finding out that they are going to be in for a long, hard fight. It certainly doesn’t help that the AL central looks a whole lot better this season, with the Chicago White Sox in particular looking as though they are going to be a solid challenger. Over in the West Division, it looks as though things are going to be as tight as always, and the Seattle Mariners are doing a good job of staying in the mix in the early part of the season. The Royals and Mariners will hook up in a 3-game series in Seattle over the weekend, and you can get in on all the online betting action at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Royals vs Mariners MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 30 at 10:10 PM EST
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Starting Pitchers: Royals: Yordano Ventura (2-0) Vs Wade Miley (1-2)
TV: FSKC, ROOT Sports
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Kansas City Royals
The Royals (12-9) fell short a couple of seasons ago due to a lack of offense. They turned that around in a big way on the road to the championship last season, but it looks as though they have reverted to the anemic this season. The Royals have only driven home 77 runs so far this season, and while their pitching has been solid, that lack of power has them struggling to maintain a decent level of consistency. They are coming into this series on the back of a 3-game sweep at the hands of the LA Angels, and they now find themselves 3 games back of the White Sox at the top of the division. Yordano Ventura (2-0, 2.35 ERA) will start for the Royals.
Why bet on the Seattle Mariners
The Mariners (11-10) have been the model of mediocrity for as long as most baseball fans can remember, but there is some real cause for optimism in the Emerald City this season. A new GM is at the reins, and this franchise now seems willing to take a step in the right direction. They have the benefit of playing in a division that is competitive without being overly impressive, which means they have a real shot at staying near the top all season long. It certainly appears as though things are going well in Seattle, as the Mariners have now won their last 4 series. If they can maintain that level of consistency, there is no reason they cannot challenge for the division. Wade Miley (1-2, 7.04 ERA) will start for the Mariners on Saturday.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Mariners are on a bit of a roll at the moment, while the Royals are going through a bit of a rough patch. I think that all adds up to a Mariners win on Saturday.
Kansas City Royal 3 Seattle Mariners 5