KC Royals travel up the coast to Seattle and take on the Seattle Mariners, after a rough start to the road trip getting swept against the Angels. It’ll be a series featuring two clubs with winning records at Safeco Field this weekend.
The M’s are just 3-6 at home but did just take two-of-three against the Astros at their ballpark. They’ll look to continue that momentum versus the World Champions.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 9:10 pm – Kris Medlen/RHP (1-1, 6.00) v. Felix Hernandez/RHP (1-2, 1.80)
Saturday, 9:10 pm – Yordano Ventura/RHP (2-0, 2.35) v. Wade Miley/LHP (1-2, 7.04)
Sunday, 3:10 pm – Ian Kennedy/RHP (2-2, 2.77) v. Taijuan Walker/RHP (2-0, 1.44)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Seattle will be throwing some excellent arms the KC Royals way this season, early on King Felix and Walker have been throwing the ball well. On the flipside the Mariners will see two of Kansas City Royals best pitchers of early on this season.
Game 1: Medlen is coming off a disasterous start at home against Baltimore, which he’ll look to recover in the Pacific Northwest. Hernandez is a prime example of how outdated wins/losses are given how low his ERA is, while he doesn’t throw as much heat at in the past he can still get hitters out.
Game 2: Ventura, will look to continue to his solid start to 2016 by starting his second road game this season. Miley who’s a former All-Star is off to a slow start.
Game 3: Kennedy suffered a death of a thousand paper cuts on Monday in Anaheim where the Angels didn’t hit him hard in the defeat. Walker may finally be living up to his potential with how he’s started this season.
Series Outlook – Robinson Cano won’t be booed this time due to where this series is being played, unless another big road turnout for the visitors are in the Emerald City. Seattle’s offense ranks fifth in the American League in runs scored which shows it’s not all Cano and Nelson Cruz. Their staff is finally getting some help during this 11-10 start to this season. The KC Royals have lost five straight away from Kauffman Stadium so they’ll look to end that this series.
Prediction – Mariners take two of three
The Kansas City Royals went 4-2 versus Seattle winning two of three in both series played a season ago.
All-time the KC Royals are 221-205 against the Mariners, however are 100-109 in the Pacific Northwest and are 26-40 at Safeco Field which has been around since 1999.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games from Seattle with Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after the games.
On the Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC) will be Ryan Lefebvre and Steve Stewart describing the action.