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: Hitters to Watch

Once again, Salvador Perez ladies and gentleman. The guy just keeps on hitting and is showing no signs of slowing down. He is at a slash line of .329/.388/.555 with eight homers and nine doubles. I'm fully prepared for him to plague my nightmares again, so let's hope he doesn't do too much damage this series.

Watch out for Dairon Blanco. While he's far from a big name, the Royals' LF has crazy speed, with ten steals in just 38 AB. He's also hitting well with a .289/.357/.447 slash line. If he gets on base, expect him to run, and it's going to be fun seeing if Raleigh, who led the league in runners thrown out in 2023, can catch him on the basepaths.

We can't talk about the Royals without talking about Bobby Witt Jr. 11 doubles, five homers, and 15 steals already this season, and he's hitting like the superstar he is with a slash line of .305/.372/.524. He's got five triples as well, so be prepared for Haniger to take his normal bad line on a ball in right, misplay it, and watch Witt coast into third base.