Toronto Blue Jays (63-56) at Seattle Mariners (62-55)
|Date & Time||Monday August 11, 2014, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners -189 / Toronto Blue Jays +179 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays face off on Monday in Seattle for game one of their series.
The Seattle Mariners are competing for a spot in the post-season but right now they are on the outside looking in at the playoffs. The Mariners are 31-32 at home, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a home win on Sunday. As a team the Mariners are hitting .245 with Robinson Cano hitting .330, Kyle Seager hitting .275, and Dustin Ackley hitting .252. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 2.99 with the starters at 3.32 and the bullpen at 2.29. For game one against the Blue Jays the Mariners start Felix Hernandez who has won four of his last five decisions. For the season Hernandez has allowed 120 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 186 over 173.1 innings for a 12-3 record and a 1.97 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays are on the outside looking in at the post-season but they are very much still in the playoff picture. The Blue Jays are 30-30 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and and they have won their last two. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .264 with Melky Cabrera hitting .318, Jose Bautista hitting .294, and Jose Reyes hitting .286. The Toronto pitching staff has an ERA of 4.08 with the starters at 3.93 and the bullpen at 4.38. For game one against the M’s the Blue Jays start Drew Hutchison who allowed just one hit in his last start. For the season Hutchison has allowed 126 hits and 64 earned runs while striking out 119 over 131.1 innings for a 8-9 record and a 4.39 ERA.
Seattle is 5-1 in their last six home games, 11-4 in game one of a series, and 13-4 in Hernandez’s last 17 starts. Toronto is 7-2 in their last nine games as an underdog, 2-5 in game one of a series, and 8-1 in Hutchison’s last nine starts in game one of a series.
Hutchison pitched well last time out but we are talking Felix Hernandez in perhaps the defining season of his career making King Felix and the Mariners the play.
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