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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (49-47) at Toronto Blue Jays (54-43)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

H Iwakuma (10-6) (4.01) vs. R Dickey (7-10) (3.96)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -144 / Seattle Mariners +134 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds


Coming up on Saturday in MLB action, we’ve got another installment of the weekend series between the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays from Rogers Centre. 

This will be game two of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Mariners squeaked out a 2-1 victory. 

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will be starting for the Mariners on Saturday. In his 19 games and 10-6 record this season, Iwakuma has amassed a 4.01 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP in 121.1 innings. During his most recent outing against the Astros, Iwakuma put up seven innings with two hits and no runs for his fourth straight victory. 

Helping out at the plate, we’ve got the usual crew of Mariners bats. Robinson Cano is the obvious leader here with his 118 hits, 66 runs, 22 homers and 61 RBI. Kyle Seager isn’t far behind on 102 hits with 56 runs, 18 homers and 63 RBI of his own. Nelson Cruz has hit 100 times with 56 runs, 23 homers and 58 RBI of his own. 

Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be getting another look at the always-interesting veteran RA Dickey on Saturday. In his 20 starts and 7-10 record this year, Dickey holds a 4.11 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP in 122.2 innings. In Oakland his last time out, Dickey put up a loss with six innings, five hits and five runs. 

Backing things up at the plate is a lethal Blue Jays lineup. Josh Donaldson has hit 111 times with 24 homers, 70 RBI and 85 runs. Kevin Pillar holds 97 hits with 39 runs and 37 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion sits on 94 hits with 60 runs, 26 homers and 86 RBI. Pillar and Encarnacion combined to go 0-for-6 on Friday. 

The Mariners are 6-1 in Iwakuma’s last seven starts against the American League East, and 6-1 in Iwakuma’s last seven Saturday starts. Seattle is also 13-5 in Iwakuma’s last 18 road starts, and 4-0 in Iwaukuma’s last four starts overall. 

As for the Blue Jays, they’re 6-2 in their last eight game twos of a series, and 5-12 in their last 17 Saturday games. Toronto is also 6-13 in Dickey’s last 19 starts and 2-6 in Dickey’s last eight starts against a team with a winning record. 

This should be a pretty good game, but I’ve got go to with Iwakuma over the unpredictable Dickey. Give me the Mariners here.

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