One thing we really weren’t expecting on Tuesday was a four-hit shutout from rookie Mike Montgomery, but we got it, and now the Seattle Mariners are in a position where they can actually score a winning record on a homestand. That’s saying something for a team that is just 17-22 at Safeco Field this season. But that is the status at the moment as the Mariners line up to face the defending American League champion Kansas City Royals at 10:10 PM ET. Keep in mind that even after the opening pitch is thrown, BetAnySports customers can stay right there in the action, as they wager on all kinds of different propositions while the game is in progress through the magic of Live Betting Extra.
The Mariners responded to a loss their ace Felix Hernandez took on Monday to record a 7-0 shutout win on Tuesday, behind the impressive rookie. If they beat Kansas City, they will go 5-3 on this particular homestand. They will send Roenis Elias to the mound on Wednesday; Elias is 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and is coming off an outing where he struck out 10 members of the Houston Astros over seven innings. He has not faced Kansas City since last June, when he went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run.
Danny Duffy is the starter for the Royals in this battle of southpaws. He is experiencing a much rougher time that he did last season, when he posted a 2.53 ERA as a key member of the Kansas City staff. He has been in a slump, losing three decisions in a row, giving up 14 runs in 9 2/3 innings. His last start was against the Yankees on May 16, and nine days later he was on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis. He came back with some sharp outings at AAA Omaha and believes that he has corrected some things in his delivery that may have contributed to his recent problems.
In the baseball odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Mariners are the slight favorites:
Seattle Mariners (Elias) -111
Kansas City Royals (Duffy) +101
Under 7 runs -115
Over 7 runs -105
The Royals did not lose any ground with last night’s defeat, remaining 3.5 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central. They are 18-15 on the road, but they have not done all that well against southpaw starters, going 10-13, as opposed to a sizzling 30-15 mark against right-handers.
Elias, a native of Cuba, is capable of a strong strikeout performance on occasion. He has fanned 55 batters in 68 1/3 innings, and he’s been pretty consistent on the hill, allowing more than three earned runs on only two occasions. BetAnySports patrons can see that his “splits” are pretty decent for this occasion as well, as he has a 3.06 ERA and 1.18 WHIP ratio at home.
They may have been stifled a little bit by seeing the rookie for the first time last night, but the Royals have experienced Elias on a couple of occasions. Both of those happened last season; on May 11 they scored five runs – three of them earned – in five innings against him, and then coming back on June 22, Elias pitched very well against them, getting the win by allowing only a single run over 6 2/3 frames. Duffy last faced the Mariners on May 8 of last season, giving up a run on two hits in six innings.
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