T-Mobile Park will play host to a Saturday afternoon MLB clash between the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners. The Royals (58-70) have won eight of their last 11 games and are no longer in contention in the AL Central Division race. Last night, OF Edward Olivares hit a two-run blast in the 12th inning to lift Kansas City to an 8-7 road victory against Seattle.
Twenty-four year old righty Carlos Hernandez (4-1 3.97 ERA) will make his 11th career major league start. The Royals have won four of Hernandez’s last five starts and he has allowed just seven runs over his last 30 plus innings.
The Seattle Mariners are ten games above .500 at home and trail Boston by 4.5 games in the race for the final AL Wild Card spot. On Friday, Seattle SP Logan Gilbert was rocked for nine hits and five runs in four innings and did not factor in the decision. DH Luis Torrens doubled and drove in four runs for the Mariners, who fell to 69-60 on the year.
The Mariners will give the nod to thirty-one year old lefty Tyler Anderson (6-8 4.07 ERA) in this matchup. Seattle has won Anderson’s last three starts and he has allowed four runs over his last 16 plus frames.