Mariners vs Royals: Seattle looks to shut down the biggest surprise in baseball

The Mariners are set to have their hands full against the Royals, the team who has been the most surprising success story so far in 2024
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Mariners vs Royals: Pitching Matchups

Monday, May 13th @ 6:40 PM - George Kirby (3-3, 4.15 ERA) vs Brady Singer (3-1, 2.36 ERA)
Tuesday, May 14th @ 6:40 PM - Logan Gilbert (3-1, 2.94 ERA) vs Michael Wacha (2-4, 5.15 ERA)
Wednesday, May 15th @ 1:10 PM - Bryan Woo (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Alec Marsh (3-0, 2.53 ERA)

Luckily for the Mariners, they aren't going to have to face Cole Ragans in this series, and they'll miss Lugo and his killer curveball as well. They will still have their hands full, as the Royals staff has been really strong this year.

The series kicks off with Brady Singer, who is coming off of three straight outings where he has given up just one run in each of them. He hasn't been going deep into games, has been having a bit of a walk problem as of late, and has been getting lucky with a .235 BABIP. If the Mariners can have one of those games where they show patience, they could knock him out of the game after four innings and start the series off right.

Michael Wacha has been up and down this season, coming off a start they saw him allow just three hits, but walking five. His FIP is nearly one and a half runs better than his ERA, as evidenced by bad luck on his BABIP. He's done fantastic at limiting hard contact, with an exit velo over 2 mph below league average.

They'll finish off with Alec Marsh, who has been struggling to make it through the fifth inning this season. However, it seems like it's more of a cautionary thing and due to the way that Marsh pitches, as he has been doing a good job at limiting baserunners as he currently holds a 1.031 WHIP.