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Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

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The Seattle Mariners picked a bad time to go into a collective slump. The Mariners are hanging on to the third and final wild-card spot in the American League, but they have little margin for error.

The Mariners (82-68) and the Royals (62-89) will continue their three-game series Saturday night in Kansas City. The Mariners will go with Logan Gilbert (13-6, 3.13 ERA) as their starter, while the Royals will count on Kris Bubic (2-13, 5.81).

The Royals won their season-best fourth straight game Friday night behind a solid outing from Brady Singer. Singer allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, helping him get out of constant struggles. He only had one clean inning.

"I definitely didn't have my best stuff there at the beginning of the game, but kind of figured it out throughout the outing," Singer said. "It felt like every time at the beginning of an inning there was a guy on second base. I definitely had to work through some stuff tonight."

The Mariners have lost seven of their past 10 games and scored one run in each of their past five losses. Seattle saw its lead on the final wild-card spot slip to three games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Mariners have not been to the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought in North American major sports.

The Mariners had the leadoff runner on base in five of the seven innings against Singer, but the only run that scored came on a one-out home run by Cal Raleigh in the second inning. Seattle was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

To make matters worse, the Mariners placed Rookie of the Year frontrunner Julio Rodriguez on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. He left Thursday's game against the A's with back discomfort. Manager Scott Servais had been hopeful that Rodriguez could avoid the injured list.

"You never know whenever any time a player goes on the IL, is he going to be ready to go when he's coming off there," Servais said. "After 10 days, all of our trainers and our medical people think he should be OK at that point. He does so much for our team, energy-wise, top of the lineup. He's kind of leading the charge."

With Gilbert on the mound, one run may be enough. He's allowed two runs in 23 innings combined in his past four starts. He's won three of those starts, with the lone loss a 2-0 setback against the San Diego Padres.

He's 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against the Royals. Both starts came in 2021.

Bubic is looking for any type of success. He's lost his past seven starts, allowing 29 runs in 33 1/3 innings (7.83 ERA).

Bubic allowed five runs on seven hits in two innings against the Mariners in April, but he didn't take the loss. He's 1-0 with a 7.82 ERA in three career starts.

Maybe manager Mike Matheny ought to just go with his bullpen. Through 13 2/3 innings on the current homestand, the bullpen has not allowed a run.

--Field Level Media

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Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals Recap SEP 19TH 2021

Jarred Kelenic homered and drove in three runs and fellow rookie Logan Gilbert pitched seven strong innings as the Seattle Mariners recorded a 7-1 win over the host Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Jake Bauers and Mitch Haniger also homered for the Mariners (80-69), who took two of three games in the series against the Royals (67-82).

Seattle, however, remained four games behind Toronto in the race for the American League's second and final wild-card playoff berth.

Gilbert (6-5) allowed one run on three hits. The right-hander walked one and struck out five.

The Mariners built a 5-0 lead through three innings against Royals right-hander Jackson Kowar (0-4).

With one out in the first inning, Ty France doubled to right field and Abraham Toro and Haniger walked to load the bases. Kelenic lined a 2-2 pitch to right for a two-run double.

The Mariners made it 3-0 in the second inning. Dylan Moore led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a one-out single by J.P. Crawford and scored on France's single to center field.

Kelenic led off the third with a home run to center field. One out later, Bauers went deep to right-center to give Seattle a 5-0 advantage.

The Mariners added a run in the fifth off right-hander Scott Blewett after Kelenic led off with a double to right. Moore's two-out single to left made it 6-0.

The Royals had just one hit through the first five innings against Gilbert, Michael A. Taylor's leadoff single in the third, before Whit Merrifield doubled down the right-field line with two outs in the sixth. Nicky Lopez followed with a single to left to bring home Kansas City's lone run.

Haniger led off the ninth with a homer to left-center off right-hander Tyler Zuber to complete the scoring.

Kowar went four innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three.

--Field Level Media

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