Major League Baseball: AL KC vs. SEA
Starting Pitchers: KC- Vargas (12-3, 2.22 ERA) RHP SEA- Miranda (7-4, 3.82 ERA) LHP
Kansas City Royals (43-40, 19-21 away) at Seattle Mariners (41-44, 25-19 home)
July 5, 2017- 10:10 PM ET Safeco Field, Seattle, WA
The Kansas City Royals will head into the series finale against the Seattle Mariners with brooms in hand as they will seek a sweep at Safeco Field on Wednesday night with the betting lines as follow from our best sportsbooks;
Best Royals Lines: BetOnline ML (+113) Spread -1.5
Best Mariners Lines: BetOnline ML (-123) Spread +1.5
Over/Under: MyBookie 9.0
With wins on Monday and Tuesday, the Royals have to like their chances of a sweep as they will hand the ball to their best hurler in right-hander and All-Star, Jason Vargas.
With the back to back to victories, Kansas City (43-30) has now captured three straight to put themselves right in the thick of the race in AL Central 1 ½ games back of the Cleveland Indians and tied with the Minnesota Twins in what is shaping to be a great division race.
Clearly the ace of the staff, Vargas is sporting an impressive 12-3 mark with a 2.22 ERA and is line to start in next Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Miami. Already with the most wins in the American League, another solid start by Vargas may all but assure himself the start in the ASG?
Facing his former team, Vargas is 3-2 in five starts with a 1.72 ERA and won a career high 14 games for Seattle back in 2012.
And as we head into the final week of the first half of the season before the break, the Royals understand the importance of getting another win as they will head south on Friday to begin a three-game series versus one of baseball’s best in the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend.
As for the Mariners, they have dropped their last two to fall to 41-44; a mark that has them 16.5 games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West.
Looking to salvage a victory of any sort, Seattle will look to southpaw Ariel Miranda, who at 7-4 with a 3.82 ERA is enjoying a fine season to this point.
Needing to keep the momentum going in a tight division race, the Royals will need to take advantage of the Mariners with their ace on the bump. For sports betting purposes for our US players, BetOnline is favoring SEA (-123 ML) over KC with an over/under of 9.0 total game runs scored.
Staying with the visitors, I will favor the Royals with a PLUS (+113) moneyline win over Seattle as my best betting pick.