Kansas City Royals vs Seattle Mariners Prediction, 8/26/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Seattle Mariners
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Location: T-Mobile Park in Seattle, WA
TV: Root Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+160) Seattle (-208)
Yusei Kikuchi and the Seattle Mariners (69-58, 3rd in AL West) host the Kansas City Royals (56-69, 4th in AL Central) at T-Mobile Park on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has the Royals priced at +160 and the Mariners are at -208. The over/under opens at 8. The pitchers taking the mound will be Brad Keller and Yusei Kikuchi.
The Royals have accrued 180 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 125 balls out of the park. Kansas City is slugging .389 and have struck out 991 times, while drawing a walk on 325 occasions. As a squad, the Kansas City Royals are putting up 4.1 runs per game, which has them sitting at 24th in baseball. They have recorded 485 runs batted in and 1,014 base knocks on the season, and their team batting average is .244. They have earned 515 runs scored while having a team OBP of .303.
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The Royals have a team earned run average of 4.74 for the season (26th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 1,069 hitters. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.26 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.40. Royals pitchers have surrendered 149 home runs in addition to 608 runs (22nd in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 472 players from the other team and their FIP comes in at 4.42 as a team on the year.
Royals relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 116 times and also have had 114 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have notched 65 holds this season (13th in baseball). The Royals relievers have compiled a save rate of 60.9% and has entered the game in 111 save situations. They have recorded 28 saves for the season and have blown 18 out of their 46 save chances. The relief pitchers have inherited 184 base runners this season and 29.3% of them crossed home plate. The Royals have dispatched 425 relief pitchers to the mound on the year.
The Kansas City Royals have accumulated 3,264 putouts this year, as well as 1,088 assists and 69 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .984 which ranks 17th in pro baseball, and they have turned 857 double plays. The Royals have transformed 68.1% of baseballs in play into outs out of 9,792 innings, which has them sitting at 28th in MLB.
Keller has taken the mound for 489 innings and is sitting with 370 strikeouts so far in his career. Keller (29-35 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 4.09 while he has faced 2,099 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.01 (218 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.381. He has given up 479 base knocks (8.8 hits per nine innings) with 197 free passes.
The Mariners have a team slugging % of .383 and they score 4.20 runs per game (21st in the league). They have put up 173 two-baggers, while taking a walk 409 times as well as racking up 533 runs. Seattle has compiled 159 long balls this year to go along with 513 runs batted in. They have struck out on 1,202 occasions (5th in MLB) and have tallied 926 base hits. The Seattle Mariners have compiled an OBP of .299 in addition to a team batting average of .223 on the year.
The Mariners hold a team WHIP of 1.284 with a FIP of 4.26 as a unit this year. They sit at 20th in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,059. The Seattle pitching staff have allowed 589 runs for the year and come in with a team ERA of 4.36 (543 earned runs surrendered). They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.72 (1,035 strikeouts against 380 free passes). They have allowed 152 long balls and they relinquish 4.73 runs per 9 innings (16th in baseball).
Seattle relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 28.3% out of 159 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 155 times in high leverage situations in addition to 121 occasions with runners on. With 132 save situations, the Mariners have amassed 70 holds in addition to 25 blown saves. They rank 20th in the league with a save percentage of 59.7%, and they have dispatched 439 bullpen pitchers onto the field over the course of the season. Seattle has called on relief pitchers to take the mound in 62 save opportunities and they have earned 37 saves.
The Seattle Mariners have twisted 112 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (6th in professional baseball). The Mariners have recorded 1,122 assists, 62 errors and have a total of 3,364 putouts for the year. In 10,092 innings played, the Mariners have a efficiency on defense of 69.7% (13th in the majors).
So far in his career, Kikuchi has allowed 353 base knocks while tallying 305 K's in 341 frames. Kikuchi (15-22 career record) has earned a 4.94 earned run average while conceding 9.3 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 187 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.387 and having a FIP of 5.0. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.54 and he has faced 1,469 batters so far in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Seattle (-208)
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