Seattle Mariners (90-72) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (92-70)
October 8, 2022 4:07 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -150 / Seattle Mariners +130; Over/Under: +7
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The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays meet Friday in game 2 of the MLB AL Wild Card at the Rogers Centre. The Seattle Mariners look to make their first ALDS since the 2001 season. The Toronto Blue Jays need a win to save their season and force a game 3 on Sunday.
The Seattle Mariners jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and watched Luis Castillo work his magic. It was the Mariners first shutout victory since September 6. With one of the top bullpens in baseball, the Mariners are dangerous once they get the lead. Eugenio Suarez leads the Mariners with 2 hits and 2 RBI, while Ty France and Adam Frazier have combined for 2 hits. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he was 12-12 with a 3.71 ERA and 212 strikeouts this season. Ray is 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Toronto Blue Jays need to get their offense together if they’re going to stay in this series. The Blue Jays entered this series scoring 4 or more runs in 6 straight games, but they laid an egg in their game 1 loss. It was the fourth time the Blue Jays have been shutout since August 26. Matt Chapman leads the Blue Jays with 2 hits, while George Springer and Bo Bichette have combined for 3 hits. Kevin Gausman gets the ball, and he was 12-10 with a 3.35 ERA and 205 strikeouts this season. Gausman is 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Mariners are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Blue Jays are 37-14 in their last 51 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The over is 4-0-1 in Mariners last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in Blue Jays last 7 overall. The Mariners are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Toronto Blue Jays offense is due for a breakout offensive performance after yesterday, and both pitchers head into this game shaky. Robbie Ray has a 4.69 ERA and .262 allowed batting average on the road, while Kevin Gausman has a 4.57 ERA and .305 allowed batting average at home. Gausman has allowed 36 hits and 16 runs in his last 34.1 innings. I don’t see either offense having many issues with either pitcher. I’ll take the over 7 runs.