The Royals, like all teams in baseball, have experienced some turbulence recently. That goes with the part, the best teams are going to hit a dry spell here and there. There isn’t much room for error or dry spells in football, but in baseball, that is just part of the season. In any event, it is never nice to see a bunch of L’s next to your name. And right now, that is what the Royals are dealing with. Note that I am writing this article as they’re down 1-0 in the top of the 9th, so if the score holds, the Royals would hold four losses in a row. The Mainers are looking a bit like the team they were hoping for a year ago. Seattle is winners in seven of their last nine games, granted they don’t blow last night’s lead. They are doing a little of everything, with the offense coming out to play and getting some clutch pitching from their staff. Maybe it will all come full circle for them as the season progresses. Felix Hernandez definitely deserves a trip to the postseason, if anything.
Felix had his chance to strut his stuff last night and once again didn’t fail. He didn’t allow any runs and the Mariners were able to win despite getting only 1 hit. The Royals outhit the Mariners by a count of 6 to 1 but it didn’t matter, a solo blast by Seth Smith got the job done. That’s a tough loss for anyone on the Royals, who will try and get it back tonight behind Yordano Ventura. Ventura has been a little too inconsistent for the Royals liking over the course of his three year career. At moments he can look like an ace, but in others Ventura looks severely outmatched. It’s been all gravy for him so far in 2016. We’ll see if he can get the Royals back in the win column tonight and keep his good pitching going.
Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners
Yordano Ventura (2-0, 2.35 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (1-2, 7.04 ERA)
The best moment in Ventura’s career came in the 2014 World Series. Ventura was great, pitching for a 1.46 ERA in two starts against the Giants. His efforts went to waste, as the San Francisco Giants were the winners of the World Series in 2014, before the Royals won it the following year. Ventura was all over the place in that postseason. So, finding consistency is the key for him this season. It’s been all gold for him though in four starts, posting a 2.35 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any start. These were against some good offense too, including the Tigers, Astros, and Orioles. Ventura was also good on the road, with a 1.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
For Wade Miley, he’s just probably to be happy pitching at the Major League level. After a stint with the Red Sox last season, it was pretty well assumed that Miley was never going to be able to match his career best 3.33 ERA from 2012. Miley went for a 4.46 ERA with the Red Sox last season and a 1.37 WHIP. Miley has gotten off to a rocky start, as he is coming into tonight with a 7.04 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. I feel that he is getting far too much respect Saturday night. This looks like a perfect spot for the Royals to snap their four-game skid and get a win behind Ventura. They were the better team last night, but one swing of the stick is it all it took for the Mariners. I see lots of value with the Royals tonight.
PICK: ROYALS TO WIN -105