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The Kansas City Royals take on the Seattle Mariners in the second game of a three-game series from T-Mobile Park. Seattle blew a late lead and fell at home to the Royals, 6-4 on Monday night.
Royals are red-hot
Calling Kansas City red-hot is probably not ideal after winning two straight but when you’ve won 24 games all season out of 72 games, they’ll take any kind of winning streak. The Royals opened with a 2-0 lead on Monday and then fell behind, 4-2 in the fifth inning. They rallied with a run in the seventh and then Jorge Soler hit his 19th home run, a two-run shot in the eighth inning to give Kansas City a 5-4 lead that they would not relinquish.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 18, 2019
Veteran right-hander Homer Bailey will head to the bump for the Royals. He’s 5-6 with a 5.37 ERA this season but is pitching better as of late. Last Thursday, he held Detroit to just two hits and three walks over six scoreless innings to end a five-start winless streak. The former National League hurler has faced Seattle just once and that was on April 10, when he yielded seven runs (three homers) and eight hits in five innings.
Bullpen fails again
Seattle has all but packed it in. That happened on Saturday night when they traded away the MLB home run leader in Edwin Encarnacion for a low-level prospect to the New York Yankees. They probably won’t deal away a valuable arm from the bullpen because there really aren’t any. One pitcher who teams might have interest in is veteran Tommy Milone, who pitched well after Tayler Scott (0.2 IP, 2ER) opened on Monday. Milone allowed just one earned run and three hits in 6.1 innings with six strikeouts. He had the lead in the seventh but Anthony Bass blew the save, allowing two runs and three hits in one inning, one Garson Bautista also yield a run in an inning.
Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi heads to the mound for the Mariners. He’s 3-4 with a 4.78 ERA and bounced back with a solid performance in his last outing. Kikuchi had given up 16 earned runs and 29 hits over his last 10 innings before allowing one run and six hits over five innings in his last outing on Thursday against Minnesota. He faced Kansas City on April 10, yielding three runs and five hits over six innings in a no-decision.
- 8-22 last 30 home games.
- 3-11 last 14 vs. AL Central.
Kansas City is:
- 4-1 last 5 vs. a left-handed starter.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I don’t like either pitcher but no way am I going to lay -140 on Seattle right now unless Randy Johnson is pitching in his prime. Kikuchi is left-handed and that’s about the only thing he has in common with the Big Unit. Bailey isn’t much better but he has allowed just eight runs over his last four games. Kikuchi has failed to complete over five innings in his last four starts. Take the value here.
Prediction: Kansas City +130
Full-Game Total Pick
Better pick on the over. These are two back end of the rotation starters, who probably wouldn’t be starting on quality teams. In his last three starts, Kikuchi is 0-2 with a 10.03 ERA and a 2.74 WHIP. The Mariners starters own a 5.32 ERA and their reliever produce a 5.42 ERA.
Prediction: Over 9