The impossible has happened and after 12 years spent with the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki departed for an East coast team. It comes as no surprise that the Japanese chose the richest baseball club in the world, but the hole he create in Seattle’s shaky offense is impossible to fill up. Tonight might well be the last game for Jason Vargas, and the starting pitcher has a rare chance to go with a bang.
Match: Seattle Mariners vs Kansas City Royals
Bet: Under 6,5
Odds: bet365 2.10
Seattle is one of the worst scoring teams in the majors and now that Suzuki is gone, the pressure is even higher on its pitching staff. Without its only reliable slugger, the Mariners can’t overcome an early deficit and when the starting pitcher fails to contain the opponents, the entire team enters a downwards spiral. It is refreshing to have Jason Vargas on the mound, especially when he is playing as well as he does in July and is highly motivated to boost his trade value.
Toothless offensives meet at Safeco Field
Vargas conceded 25 homeruns this year, which is a national record for 2012 but despite this weakness he maintained an earned run average below 4.00. He is only the only pitcher in Seattle who won ten decision and his track record against the Royals is terrific. The visitors are going through another slump and inch closer to the last spot in the Central division after losing two series in a row. If it wasn’t for the solid pitching, Seattle would be the worst team in the majors by far, but as it is they still stand a fighting chance against mediocre teams such as the Royals.
Luis Mendoza has been a bright spot in their rotation and only the lack of support from his teammates can explain the fact that he has a losing record. The Mariners have the worst batting average at home, so Luis has a good chance to improve his record but he relies heavily on his teammates. Mendoza couldn’t be happier with the fact that Ichiro departed, because his groundball is lethal and against such a toothless offensive, he should last more than six innings with relative ease.
The Mariners might have the worst home record in MLB, but Kansas City are no road warriors either. Ichiro Suzuki is gone for good and with him, the last chance of scoring multiple runs in a single innings has all but vanished. Vargas and Mendoza are the players to watch for tonight and the only bet that makes any sense is the Under 6,5 runs to be scored at odds of 2.1 offered by bet365.