Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/25/14
Seattle Mariners (83-75) at Toronto Blue Jays (81-77)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Tom Wilhelmsen (R) (3-2) (2.10) vs. Daniel Norris (L) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -127 / Seattle Mariners +117 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, RSN
The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners play a late afternoon game to close out a series between teams with regrettable finishes to the 2014 regular season.
The Seattle Mariners lost their fifth straight game on Wednesday night as they were shut out 1-0 by the Blue Jays. Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker’s eight innings allowing just one run were wasted as the Seattle offense mustered just three hits in the loss. Dustin Ackley, Corey Hart and Chris Taylor each had hits but the Mariners struck out 11 times. With the A’s owning a three game edge over the Mariners with four games to play, things look bleak in Seattle.
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Tom Wilhelmsen will make the start for the Mariners on Thursday as the team looks to snap their slide. Wilhelmsen enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.01 and ERA of 2.10 across 55 appearances but just one prior start. The righty reliever has been at his best on the road with an ERA of 1.51 across 41.2 total innings of work; he allowed a solo home run in one inning of work against Toronto this year.
The Toronto Blue Jays won’t be making the postseason but they’ve enjoyed playing spoiler over the past three days in dominating the Mariners. The Blue Jays backed Wednesday’s starter Mark Buehrle with just a single run but made it stand up as an RBI single by Ryan Goins in the eighth inning proved to be enough. Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro each had hits in the win as the Jays failed to register an extra base hit.
Daniel Norris will make the start for Toronto on Thursday in his first start of his rookie season. Norris has logged four appearances and 3.1 innings out of the bullpen as he enters this contest with a WHIP of 2.10 and ERA of 5.40. The 21 year old lefty Norris has not faced the Mariners this year.
The Mariners are in a serious funk but this look like as good of an opportunity as any to snap out of it and live another day in an unlikely quest for a playoff berth.