The Royals travel out west to Seattle after a nice Sunday afternoon for them. They made easy work of the Twins, sending them a 6-2 loss to conclude the weekend. There hasn’t been much talk of the Royals, but they have quietly been climbing up the American League Central leaderboard.
Climbing up is a relative term in the case of this division, because no one is really excelling in the AL Central. The Royals have been coming on strong, but still trail by 3 games to the Indians. The fact that nobody has exploded and ran away from the pack has been of great help to the Royals.
Nobody has been particularly impressive, but I think the Astros rolling has been a blessing and a curse. It just seems a little too easy to pick the Astros to reach the World Series. The Indians and Royals have proven how sneaky good they can be in recent years, so don’t discount either of them. The Tigers? Oh yeah, you can discount them. They’re all the way back tied for the last in the division with the Chicago White Sox.
On the other side of the coin this evening, the Seattle Mariners are in 3rd place in the AL West. 3rd sounds decent, but when you take into consideration how far back they are of the Astros, it doesn’t long so good. The Mariners trail by 15 games, as the Astros continue to win games at a high clip. Seattle will send out a rookie on the mound this evening. Andrew Moore will get the second start of his career after a pretty good outing against the Tigers in his opener. The Royals will counter with Ian Kennedy. For our free Royals vs. Mariners pick head below.
K.C. Royals vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Ian Kennedy (2-6, 4.72 ERA) vs. Andrew Moore (1-0, 3.86 ERA)
The Mariners have been such a disappointing outfit the last few years. Robinson Cano was supposed to change the landscape completely, but they’re still the same old Mariners who just get by. They aren’t bad enough to be embarrassing, but they aren’t good enough to cause any noise. Not the idea they had in mind when they signed Cano to a big contract. Moore was decent against the Tigers in his first ever major league start, allowing 3 runs and 6 hits across 7 innings of work. He gave up one home run with no walks.
Ian Kennedy is the vet in this matchup, as he enters with 10 years of experience. He’s seen his fair share of ups and downs, from the high of a 2.88 ERA with the Diamondbacks in 2011, to a low of 5.23 in 2013 which signaled his last year in Arizona. Kennedy was serviceable last season, posting a 3.68 ERA in 33 starts.
His best work in 2017 has come of late, where he’s allowed an average of just 3.3 hits per game, with an ERA of 2.55. He is a hot-cold pitcher, which is on full display in 2017 again. He has been fine against this lineup with an opposing team batting average of .232. Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino are the only two to take him deep. I don’t like the rookie as a -135 favorite. The value in this pick lies with the Royals.
PICK: ROYALS (+115)