Mariners v. Royals series preview: Four meaningful games

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 02: Kyle Seager
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 02: Kyle Seager /
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ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 02: Kyle Seager Mariners /

The Mariners kick of a big series in Kansas City Thursday night. With the M’s sitting just 1.5 games back of the Royals for the second wild card spot, they could, over the next four games, wind up as good as 2.5 games ahead of KC, or 5.5 games back (*shudders*).

The Royals had been red hot to start the second half, their run at the playoffs aided by a strong nine game winning streak. As of late though, Kansas City has been struggling. On Wednesday night, Jeremy Hellickson and the Orioles shut them out to complete the three-game sweep in Baltimore.

As the Royals return home, they’ll no doubt be looking to get back to their winning ways against the Mariners. Good thing for Seattle, their rotation landed favorably for the series.