Results: W, $200Analysis:
Kansas City at Seattle
makes his return to the friendly confines of Safeco Field when the
Royals take on the Mariners. Vargas enjoyed his time in Seattle as
he posted a 3.33 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and held opposing batters to a
.653 OPS. Vargas is off to a fine start this year and should be one
of the few guys to seriously outpitch his advanced metrics because
of Kansas City's elite defense. Vargas has limited walks, allowing
free passes to just 5.2 percent of batters.
are 23rd in OPS against lefties and have the league's lowest walk
rate at 5.2 percent. Vargas has dominated lefties with a 5/1 K/BB
ratio and the top Mariners threats are left-handed hitters. This is
a good matchup for Vargas in a spot he's comfortable pitching
As a starter,
Brandon Maurer has posted a 6.31 ERA in 17 starts and a 1.56 WHIP.
Opposing hitters have a slash line against of .309/.363/.520/.883.
Lefties have posted a .944 OPS against Maurer in his career and the
Royals are going to send a lot of left-handed batters at
back at Safeco and Maurer's brutal track record, the Royals are
definitely underpriced here.
Pick Made: May 9 2014 4:51AM PST