Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/23/14
Seattle Mariners (83-73) at Toronto Blue Jays (79-77)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Felix Hernandez (R) (14-5) (2.071) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (13-12) (3.819)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +161 / Seattle Mariners -171 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-NW, SNET
The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Seattle Mariners aren’t helping their wild card case with losses in four of their last six games. The issue for the Mariners lately has been their pitching staff that has allowed 32 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 3.12, which is second in the majors, and they’ve lost seven of their last eight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Kyle Seager has homered twice in his last four games and Robinson Cano has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Felix Hernandez, who is 14-5 with a 2.07 ERA and has 236 strikeouts in 226 innings. Hernandez is 5-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 12 career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have lost seven of their last nine games and just playing spoiler at this point. Of course, it’s hard to even do that when the Blue Jays pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.07, which is 24th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight of their last nine when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Bautista has homered three times in his last five games and Edwin Encarnacion has at least one RBI in eight of his last 10 games. R.A. Dickey takes the mound, and he’s 13-12 with a 3.82 ERA and has 165 strikeouts in 202.2 innings. Dickey is 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 career games against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 9-3 in Hernandezs last 12 road starts and 18-7 in Hernandezs last 25 starts overall. The Blue Jays are 5-2 in Dickeys last 7 starts during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Dickeys last 6 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Don't love the juice, but Hernandez is on the mound and the Mariners need this game to have any hope of making the playoffs. Seattle should win here.