Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/8/2014
Friday, May 9, 10:10 PM on FSKC, ROOT
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Kansas City Royals - Vargas, J (2-1) vs. Seattle Mariners - Maurer, B (1-0)
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Jason Vargas will be looking to get back to his winning ways when he takes the mound for the Kansas City Royals against the Seattle Mariners, who will start Brandon Maurer.
Lefty Jason Vargas had his second straight poor start for the Royals when he was only able to go five innings against the Detroit Tigers and gave yo a season-high seven earned runs. He allowed 11 hits, including two homes, in that outing while striking out three and walking two. His ERA went up from 2.40 to 3.50 in that game, but he does only have 10 walks in 46.1 innings this season.
Robinson Cano doesn't have a home run against Vargas in his career, but he is 9-for-20 with two doubles and three RBI in their matchups. Kyle Seager, on the other hand, has just one hit in 10 at-bats against Vargas.
Brandon Maurer picked up his first win of 2014 this past Sunday when he was able to beat the Houston Astros. He didn't pitch particularly well, though, giving up four earned runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two in the outing. He still has a poor 6.92 ERA on the season and a 1.538 WHIP.
Billy Butler is 2-for-4 against Maurer in his career with two RBI. Eric Hosmer is also 2-for-4 against him with a double and one RBI.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 16-15-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is -0.4
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
Seattle Mariners are 17-13-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Seattle Mariners is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/02/14 P Bruce Chen Back 15-day DL (4/25)
04/09/14 P Francisley Bueno Finger 15-day DL (4/7)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
04/16/14 P Blake Beavan Shoulder 15-day DL (4/15)
04/16/14 1B Logan Morrison Hamstring 15-day DL (4/14)
04/09/14 P James Paxton Back 15-day DL (4/8)
03/30/14 P Taijuan Walker Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Seattle
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