Mariners vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 8/16/23

Kansas City Royals (39-82) vs Seattle Mariners (64-55)

Game Info: Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 8:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

James McArthur (0-0) (13.50) vs Luis Castillo (8-7) (3.20)

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The Kansas City Royals will host the Seattle Mariners for their series finale this Wednesday from Kauffman Stadium. Seattle struck back with an extra-inning two-run victory in game two, 10-8.

Mariners Preview & Projected Starter

Seattle moved to 64-55 after defeating Kansas City. The Mariners nearly blew game two last night, and they’ll look for a cleaner victory here in the finale.  The Seattle offense is 3.87 scoring runs per game, while batting .234, with a .313 on-base percentageThe pitching staff carries a 3.55 ERA, with a 1.19 WHIP. 

Luis Castillo (8-7, 3.14 ERA, 163 Ks) will start for Seattle. The seventh-year pitcher bounced back with a great outing against Baltimore at home last time out, striking out eight over six innings of one-run ball to earn his eighth victory. Castillo has quietly gotten back to himself since the beginning of July, holding clubs to three runs or less in six of his last eight starts, while clearing seven strikeouts in four of the last five. Castillo can’t fall victim to downplaying against the Royals here, and he’ll look to deliver another strong outing Wednesday night. 

Mariners Player Trends & Props

Julio Rodriguez has multiple hits in six of the last ten games, and he leads Seattle in hits (125), with 19 home runs and 71 RBI. 

Eugenio Suarez went yard in the game two victory, and he leads the Mariners in RBI (76), while hitting eighteen homers.  

Teoscar Hernandez went OFF for a career-high five hits in the win over KC, nearly completing the cycle along the way, and he’s third on the team in home runs (18), while also being third in runs batted in (63).  

Ty France homered and provided the game-winning scores on a two-run single last night, and he’s posting splits of .252/10/49.

Cal Raleigh leads the club in homers (20), with 51 RBI. 

 

Royals Preview & Projected Starter

Kansas City comes in at 39-82 after losing to Seattle. The Royals rally was responded to abruptly in the tenth, and they’ll look to get back into the win column on Wednesday. Kansas City offense is scoring 3.62 runs per game, while batting .233, with a .293 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 5.25 ERA, with a 1.43 WHIP. 

Alec Marsh (0-6, 6.27 ERA, 36 Ks) will take the hill for Kansas City. The rookie pitcher put up a fight at Fenway last time out, holding the Sox to two runs thru five innings, but he still ended up taking the loss. Sometimes that’s how things go as a pitcher in the big leagues, and the first-year pitcher will come into this one still on the hunt for his first victory.  

Royals Player Trends & Props

Bobby Witt Jr. turned the game around last night with a grand slam, and after recording a hit in eight straight games, he leads KC in hits (133), homers (23) and RBI (76). 

Maikel Garcia brings a 17-game hit streak into this matchup, and after collecting multiple hits in four straight contests, he leads the Royals in batting (.290), with 40 RBI. 

Salvador Perez has produced nine runs in his last four appearances behind the plate, and he’s second on the team with 19 homers and 53 RBI. 

MJ Melendez tied a season-high with three hits in the game two loss, and he’s posting splits of .227/12/42. 

 

Corey’s Free Pick

Seattle used heroics to get out of Kauffman with a win last night, but I don’t think they will need them Wednesday evening. The Mariners have really found a stride at the plate, and with their ace Luis Castillo set to throw, they’ve got the right ingredients to remain in the win column here. Castillo looks postseason ready, while the bats have been able to produce well throughout the lineup. Bobby Witt Jr. and KC may make things interesting here, as they have since the All-Star break, but let’s trust Seattle’s momentum, and back them to win here.

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