Seattle Mariners (40-39) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (41-36)
July 1, 2021 1:07 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -195 / Seattle Mariners +179; Over/Under: 9.5
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The Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in MLB action from Sahlen Field on Thursday.
The Seattle Mariners will look to build on their 9-7 win over the Jays on Wednesday. Dylan Moore led the way by going 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger each had a two-run blast. Taylor Trammell added a double and an RBI while J.P. Crawford added a double as well in going 3 for 6 at the dish. Jake Bauers, Shed Long Jr. and Ty France all had base hits as well in the victory for Seattle. Justus Sheffield gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out three over four innings of work. Kendall Graveman got the win to improve to 2-0 on the year while Drew Steckenrider closed the door for his 2nd save of the season. Yusei Kikuchi will start here and is 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. This will be Kikuchi’s second career start against Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to bounce back from their loss to Seattle last time out. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs while Randal Grichuk had a double and two RBIs. Cavan Biggio and Marcus Semien each had a double and an RBI to cap off Toronto’s scoring as a team in the loss while George Springer and Riley Adams each had a double with Springer going 2 for 4 at the dish. Bo Bichette added a pair of hits as well to finish off Toronto’s offense as a team in the defeat. Steven Matz gave up four earned runs on five hits while striking out three over 2.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Patrick Murphy took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year as a result. Hyun Jin Ryu will start here and is 7-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. This will be Ryu’s first career start against Seattle.
Seattle is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall and 12-32 in their last 44 road games against a team with a left-handed starter while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 game three matchups. Toronto is 3-7 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter and 8-1 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 12-2 in their last 14 game three matchups.
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I get the case that could be made for either side here, but I’m going to side with the under. You have two pitchers in Kikuchi and Ryu that are pitching well right now and while Sahlen Field has historically helped produce high totals, I think Thursday regresses back to a lower-scoring game. Give me the under here.