Seattle Mariners vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Mariners vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (-141) Kansas City (+110)
Kris Bubic and the Kansas City Royals (66-80, 4th in AL Central) host the Seattle Mariners (78-68, 3rd in AL West) at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. The odds on this contest have the Mariners priced at -141 and the Royals are at +110. The total has been set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Yusei Kikuchi and Kris Bubic.
As a unit, the Seattle Mariners are knocking in 4.3 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 23rd in the league. They have 621 runs scored and have an OBP of .300. The Mariners have tallied 200 doubles as a squad and have hit 181 baseballs out of the stadium. They have amassed 598 RBI's in addition to 1,077 hits this year, and their average at the plate is at .223. Seattle has a slugging percentage of .381 and have been rung up 1,375 times, while being walked on 483 occasions.
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The Mariners have compiled a team ERA of 4.35 on the year (17th in baseball), and they have struck out 1,200 batters. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.77 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.29. Mariners pitchers have allowed 179 home runs and 686 total runs (17th in MLB). They have walked 433 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.26 as a team for the season.
Mariners pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 150 times in addition to having 196 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have a total of 84 holds this year (7th in the league). The Mariners relievers have a save percentage of 58.9% and has entered the game in 157 save situations. They have recorded 43 saves this year and have blown 30 out of their 73 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 196 base runners on the year and 30.6% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Mariners have dispatched 522 relief pitchers to the mound for the season.
The Seattle Mariners have accounted for 3,895 putouts on the campaign, as well as 1,266 assists and 74 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .986 which has them sitting 9th in pro baseball, and have accumulated 1,052 double plays. The Mariners have transformed 69.5% of balls hit into play into outs in their 11,685 innings on the field, which has them sitting 18th in the majors.
Kikuchi has thrown 359 innings and has 320 strikeouts during his MLB career. Kikuchi (15-23 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.96 while facing 1,548 opposing hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.90 (196 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.385. He has allowed 370 base hits (9.3 hits per nine innings) and has 128 walks.
The Royals hold a team SLG% of .395 and they score 4.27 runs per game (22nd in the league). They have 215 two-baggers, while taking a walk 381 times as well as putting up 623 runs. Kansas City has knocked in 153 HRs so far this year as well as 589 runs batted in. They have struck out on 1,157 occasions (28th in MLB) and have tallied 1,215 hits. The Kansas City Royals have compiled a team OBP of .306 and a batting average of .247 for the year.
The Royals have a WHIP of 1.399 and have a FIP of 4.41 as a staff this season. They come in at 21st in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,244. The Kansas City pitching staff have allowed 719 runs this year while having an ERA of 4.70 (669 earned runs conceded). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.27 (1,242 strikeouts against 547 bases on balls). They have relinquished 175 long balls and they give up 5.06 runs per 9 innings (21st in MLB).
Kansas City relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 31.9% out of 226 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 149 times in high leverage situations and on 146 occasions with runners on base. Sitting with 133 save situations, the Royals have earned 75 holds in addition to 22 blown saves. They rank 17th in MLB with a save percentage of 60.7%, and they have dispatched 502 relief pitchers to the mound so far this year. Kansas City has had relief pitchers enter the game in 56 save chances and they have come away with 34 saves.
Out of their 11,523 innings on the diamond, the Royals hold a defensive efficiency of 68.3% (27th in baseball). The Kansas City Royals have turned 133 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .985 (14th in pro baseball). The Royals have recorded 1,262 assists, 77 errors and have a total of 3,841 putouts so far this season.
So far in his MLB career, Bubic has conceded 162 hits while tallying 150 K's in 160 frames. Bubic (5-12 career mark) holds a 4.78 earned run average while giving up 9.1 hits per nine innings. He has conceded 85 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.488 and having a FIP of 5.2. His K/BB ratio is 1.97 and he has faced 704 opposing batters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+110)
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