Mariners vs. Royals Pick
Can the Kansas City Royals earn their first home win of the season today when they take on the Seattle Mariners at 8:15PM ET?
Monday, April 9, 2018
Location: Kauffman Stadium –Kansas City, Missouri
Weather: Cloudy, 44 degrees, 8mph Winds
Time: 8:15PM ET
Tonight’s pitching matchup features Marco Gonzalez on the mound for the Mariners to face Jakob Junis of the Royals. Gonzalez got a win over the Giants in his season debut last week. He pitched 6.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Junis had a stellar first start, pitching seven scoreless innings against the Tigers to get a win. He allowed just three hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public betting for this game is behind the Mariners. Seattle is getting 56 percent of the wagers on the road against the Royals.
Kansas City has nobody new listed on the injury report for today’s contest. Seattle DH Nelson Cruz is on the 10-day DL with an oblique strain and first baseman Ryon Healy is questionable to play today with an ankle injury.
Kansas City is off to a 2-5 start to the season after losing a series at Cleveland this past weekend. The Royals are scoring just 2.29 per game while allowing 4.29 per contest. Lucas Duda has the lone two home runs for the Royals this season while putting up seven RBI. Jon Jay is the leading hitter with a .292 average.
Seattle is off to a 4-3 start after splitting a pair of road games with the Twins this past weekend. The Mariners are putting up 4.57 runs per game thus far while allowing 4.71 per contest. Mitch Haniger has two home runs and six RBI to lead the Mariners this season while Robinson Cano is hitting .440 with three RBI.
KC just can’t seem to find the hitting. While Junis had a great start in his debut this season, I don’t think the Royals can expect another seven shutout innings today. The Mariners have been able to hit the ball even without Nelson Cruz in the lineup so I think Seattle will grind out some runs. Gonzalez should be competitive against this struggling KC lineup as well.
MLB PREDICTIONS: SEATTLE MARINERS -105