Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals: Preview, Predictions and Picks for June 9, 2024

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Jun 9, 2024 6:13 AM
On Sunday, June 9, 2024, the Seattle Mariners will face off against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, looking to turnaround their struggling road record. The Royals, leading the series 2-0, will aim to capitalize on their impressive home record, where they've won 24 of 34 games. Can the Mariners bounce back and even the series?
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Mariners vs Royals starting pitchers

  • Cole Ragans for Kansas City Royals
  • George Kirby for Seattle Mariners

Mariners vs Royals statistics

Stat Mariners Royals
Hits 474 (29th) 543 (7th)
Batting Average .221 (28th) .254 (5th)
Runs Batted In 243 (22nd) 306 (3rd)
Runs 251 (Tied-24th) 316 (Tied-4th)
Home Runs 71 (Tied-8th) 65 (Tied-14th)
Walks 208 (Tied-11th) 182 (Tied-23rd)
Stolen Bases 43 (Tied-14th) 60 (6th)
Strikeouts 659 (1st) 450 (28th)
Pitches 9752 (4th) 9046 (22nd)

Kansas City Royals recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/8/24 vs Seattle Mariners W 8-4
6/7/24 vs Seattle Mariners W 10-9
6/6/24 @ Cleveland Guardians W 4-3
6/4/24 @ Cleveland Guardians L 8-5
6/2/24 vs San Diego Padres W 4-3

Seattle Mariners recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/8/24 @ Kansas City Royals L 8-4
6/7/24 @ Kansas City Royals L 10-9
6/6/24 @ Oakland Athletics W 3-0
6/5/24 @ Oakland Athletics L 2-1
6/4/24 @ Oakland Athletics W 4-3

Mariners vs Royals predictions

As the Seattle Mariners prep for their duel with the Kansas City Mt can Royals, eyes are decidedly on Julio Rodriguez, who’s anticipated to make a sizeable impact with his solid .266 batting average. His knack for finding bases will be crucial in setting the tone early on. Also, keep an eye on Mitch Haniger and Cal Raleigh; both have shown they can swing for the fences when it matters most. Raleigh, with his team-leading 11 homers, might just be the spark needed to rally the Mariners from their current series position.

Switching over to Kansas City, the spotlight inevitably settles on Bobby Witt Jr., who's been nothing short of impressive with his stellar .322 batting average and dynamic play. Witt Jr.'s ability to convert hits into RBIs—he’s already racked up 47 this season—will be vital for the Royals. Equally important will be Cole Ragans on the mound, who's expected to deliver a strong start, leveraging his favorable 3.21 ERA to limit the Mariners' scoring chances. Given his recent performance, we might just see some pivotal strikeouts that keep Seattle at bay.

Looking at both lineups and the current momentum, I'm leaning towards a victory for the Kansas City Royals. Their advantage at home coupled with the consistency shown by key players like Witt Jr. and Ragans gives them the edge. The Mariners have their work cut out, especially facing a confident Royals squad at Kauffman Stadium. Expect a tight game, but ultimately, the Royals seem poised to take this one and cement their series lead.

Kansas City Royals injuries

  • Michael Massey (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Josh Taylor (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • Kris Bubic (SP): 60-Day-IL
  • Michael Wacha (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Christian Chamberlain (RP): Out

Seattle Mariners injuries

  • Andres Munoz (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Ty France (1B): Day-To-Day
  • Taylor Dollard (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Jorge Polanco (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Gabe Speier (RP): 15-Day-IL

Mariners vs Royals game info

Venue Kauffman Stadium
Location Kansas City, Missouri
First pitch Sun 2:10 PM
Temperature 76°
Chance of Rain 40%

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