The Kansas City Royals’ domination of the Minnesota Twins will continue at home on Monday. Every once in a while one team just simply has another's number. That’s been this case this year for the Royals against the Twins: Kansas City hold an impressive 10-3 record against Minnesota in 2013. One Royals player who will be happy to see the Twins again is Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie, who has a 3-1 record and a 3.24 ERA in four starts against them.
Not surprisingly, Minnesota pitcher Kevin Correia probably feels just the opposite of Guthrie. In three starts against the Royals, Correia has a 0-1 record and a 4.91 ERA. With the Royals recently showing renewed life and making a run at a Wild Card spot, and the Twins languishing and seemingly just playing out the season, divergent motivations should also play a factor in this game. Expect the Royals, on at 1.55, to win.
R.A. Dickey’s trying season will continue when his Toronto Blue Jays face the Seattle Mariners on the road. Dickey has been unable to follow up his 2012 Cy Young award-winning season with any consistency this year: he has a 4.66 ERA and hasn’t improved as the season has progressed. In fact, he’s allowed at least four runs in three of his last five outings. A former Mariners player, Dickey’s track record at Safeco Park isn’t too good either. In 20 career starts there, he’s 2-6 with a 5.13 ERA. In his defence, those starts generally occurred before he converted to being a full-time knuckleball pitcher. Still, Dickey won’t be able to rely on fond memories in Seattle to help bolster his confidence.
In contrast, the Mariners send the formidable Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound. Iwakuma has been excellent this year, posting a 10-4 record and a 2.76 ERA. Safeco Park has been a great locale for him: in 12 home starts, he’s 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA. With Toronto struggling offensively (the team scored fewer runs in July than in either of the two previous months), Seattle will take advantage. Take the Mariners at 1.75.