Seattle Mariners vs Kansas City Royals Free Pick, 8–5–2017
Free Total Pick by George Hampton of King Sports Picks
Seattle Mariners (56–55) at Kansas City Royals (56–52)
MLB: Saturday, August 5, 7:15 PM EST
Line: Mariners +100 | Royals -110 | 8.5
The AL Wildcard is within reach for both teams as the Kansas City Royals host the Seattle Mariners for the third game of a four game series. The Mariners have won Games 1 and 2 and they have now moved within 1.5 games behind the Royals for the second Wildcard spot.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners Felix Hernandez (`5–4, 4.28 ERA) vs. Royals Danny Duffy (7–6, 3.42 ERA)
Felix Hernandez gets the call as he makes his 14th start of the season. King Felix’s last outing he received a no decision vs the Rangers. Hernandez threw 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a 6–4 Mariners defeat. In his career, Hernandez is 5–6 with a 3.05 ERA and 83 strikeouts against the Royals.
The Royals will counter with left hander Danny Duffy. In his career, Duffy is 1–1 with a 2.25 ERA and 26 strikeouts against Seattle. Duffy took the loss in his last outing, which came against the Orioles on the road Monday. He threw seven innings, allowing just one run on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Nelson Cruz may be scratched from tonight’s game after being removed from the lineup Friday night due to neck spasms. The Royals have hit a skid after losing four over their last five games and scoring just 11 runs during that stretch. The Under is 4–1 in the Royals last 5 overall, 6–1 in Duffy’s last 7 home starts, and 4–1 in Duffy’s last 5 starts overall. The Under is 14–5 in the Mariners last 19 during game 3 of a series, 17–7 in Hernandez’s last 24 starts vs. American League Central and the Under is 7–3 in Mariners last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Take the Under 8.5 runs in this matchup.