Matchup Insight M’s vs. Royals Game 2
This series is the kind that many point to when they say that the MLB season is too long.
Seattle Mariners vs Kansas City Royals
Tuesday July 17
Moneyline: Kansas City -130, Seattle +121
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Blake Beavan (3-6, 5.92 ERA) vs. Royals (RH) Ryan Verdugo (NR)
A couple of teams with little to play for, no history or rivalry, no nothing…and we are supposed to care.
Nice game last night for a few M’s.
Casper Wells helped spark Seattle’s dormant offense, driving in a career-high five runs with a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run triple in the second.
But there can be some excitement if we figure out which side has the angle, right? Right? Gamblers… am I right?
The Mariners entered the series on Monday looking to get back on the winning track after a not too embarrassing series against Texas.
This team is a better road team so expect some competitive action in KC.
The M’s score more runs on the road than ANY team in the majors. 229 runs vs. 126 at Safeco.
With a pitching staff in the top half in ERA the Seattle Mariners should be better than they have shown this season.
Tonight Blake Beavan will take the hill.
He hasn’t pitched in the majors in more than a month after regressing badly to start the season.
He did win 4 of his 6 AAA starts but his peripherals show a pitcher who has been lucky to get out of jams not overly dominate at that level.
The Royals didn’t do much regrouping coming out of the All-Star break losing 2 of 3 at home against the White Sox.
In the series opener against the Mariners the Royals lost 9-4, and it just seems that despite the fact they have some promising talent coming up through the system and into the majors it is not making too much of difference in terms of wins and losses.
Their mound talent is especially lacking.
Hands up if you know who Everett Teaford is. When I saw the name I thought it might be a rookie making his debut but no Teaford has started 4 games already this season, with fairly disastrous results.
The one leg up he has on his mound opposition is that he was terrific in the minors this season – 1.09 ERA, better than 3:1 K:BB.
Too bad you don’t get to see him play tonight. We’ve learned Ryan Verdugo will make the start tonight for the Royals.
He went 6-2 with a 3.58 earned run average in 18 games (15 starts) with Omaha this season.
How do you know which pitcher is the horse to back in this one?
I am going with the hotter bats.
Mariners win this one.
O/U Pick: Over
Score Prediction: Kansas City 7 – Seattle 5