Toronto Blue Jays (48-59) at Seattle Mariners (63-45)
|Date & Time||Thursday August 2, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners / Toronto Blue Jays --- Over/Under:
The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners meet Thursday in MLB action at Safeco Field.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Blue Jays have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 straight games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing at least four runs. Offensively, Yangervis Solarte leads the Blue Jays with 96 hits and 53 RBI while Justin Smoak and Kevin Pillar have combined for 174 hits and 92 RBI. The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.
The Seattle Mariners could also use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Mariners have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Seattle Mariners have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 130 hits and 51 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 216 hits and 91 RBI. Felix Hernandez gets the ball, and he is 8-9 with a 5.58 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Hernandez is 7-6 with a 4.02 ERA and 95 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series, 1-6 in their last 7 Thursday games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. American League West. The Mariners are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League East, 26-10 in their last 36 home games and 2-6 in Hernandezs last 8 starts. The Blue Jays are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings, the Mariners are 4-1 in Hernandezs last 5 home starts vs. Blue Jays and 4-1 in Hernandezs last 5 starts vs. Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays are starting to fall apart and the pitching staff has been getting rocked in the second half of the season. At this point I'm not sure if matters who is pitching for Toronto. However, It's fair to say that Hernandez is a shell of himself, as he's allowed three or more runs in seven of his last 10 starts and is allowing a .269 batting average on the season. Hernandez is also coming off a game in which he allowed six hits and seven runs in 2.2 innings against the Angels. I'd give the over a look in this contest. As for a side, I'm still leaning the Mariners, as they're the better team, are at home and at least have something to play for in the final two months. However, there are better options on the board for Thursday.