Mariners vs. Blue Jays - 9/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (82-68) at Seattle Mariners (79-71)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
J Happ (19-4) (3.27) vs. H Iwakuma (16-11) (3.87)
The Line: Seattle Mariners +108 / Toronto Blue Jays -118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for back-to-back wins for just the second time this month. The Blue Jays have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 14 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 3.91 and have lost 11 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Josh Donaldson leads Toronto with 151 hits, Edwin Encarnacion has 120 RBI and Kevin Pillar has seven home runs. J.A. Happ gets the ball, and he’s 19-4 with a 3.27 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. Happ is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners look for another victory after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Mariners have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Seattle Mariners offense has been hit or miss recently, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 177 hits, Kyle Seager has 95 RBI and Nelson Cruz has 37 home runs. Hisashi Iwakuma takes the hill, and he’s 16-11 with a 3.87 ERA and 132 strikeouts this season. Iwakuma is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 22-6 in Happs last 28 starts. The Mariners are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 15-7 in Iwakumas last 22 starts. The Mariners are 4-1 in Iwakumas last 5 starts vs. Blue Jays.
The Mariners have been one of the hotter teams in the month of September and need to win games like this at home in order to remain in the playoff chase. The Blue Jays continue to struggle and haven't been able to string wins together. So, I'm backing Seattle at home with the slight plus money.