Seattle Mariners (90-72) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (92-70)
October 7, 2022 4:07 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -152 / Seattle Mariners +123; Over/Under: +7
(Get latest betting odds)
The Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Friday in game 1 of the AL Wild Card MLB playoffs action from Rogers Centre. This will be the opener in a three-game Wild Card postseason series. Seattle is coming off a series versus the Tigers this week. The Mariners won two of the first three, then on Wednesday Seattle eked out a one-run victory. As for Toronto, they took on the Orioles in a doubleheader during their last appearance. In those matchups the Jays managed a split. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Seattle managed to go 90-72 during the regular season this year. The Mariners ended the campaign on a high note, taking out the Tigers 7-6 and 9-6 on Tuesday, then 5-4 Wednesday. In the Wednesday finale starter Marco Gonzales put up 7.0 innings with three earned on eight hits and two walks.
For the starter job in the Friday opener, the Mariners will go with Luis Castillo. In 25 regular-season starts this year Castillo has a 2.99 ERA and an 8-6 record. He’s got 167 Ks in 150.1 innings.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they posted a 92-70 record this season. Toronto’s final series was against the Orioles this week, and the Jays managed an opener win 5-1 before falling 5-4 in game one Wednesday. Toronto bounced back with a 5-1 win in the finale.
As starting pitcher Friday, Toronto will send out Alek Manoah. In his 31 starts this year Manoah put up a 2.24 ERA with a 16-7 record. Manoah logged 180 Ks in 196.2 innings.
The Mariners are 5-1 in their last six after a win and 7-2 in their last nine overall. Seattle is 3-7 in their last 10 road games.
Meanwhile, the Jays are 6-2 in their last eight on turf and 5-2 in their last seven after a win. Toronto is 21-8 in the last 29 in game one of a series.
PICK: I’m staying with the Jays. Manoah is on a nice run right now. Over his last three starts he’s got just one earned run on 10 hits and eight walks across 19.0 innings. Manoah is 2-0 in that time, and hasn’t given up an earned run in any of his last 13.0 frames. As for Castillo, he stumbled a bit at the end of last month with nine earned over 10.0 frames on 13 hits and five walks. Castillo bounced back with a nice outing his last time up, but I like Toronto to find some early success in a win here.