Toronto Blue Jays (50-59) at Seattle Mariners (63-47)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 4, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners -220 / Toronto Blue Jays +203 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at Safeco Field.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Blue Jays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Yangervis Solarte leads the Blue Jays with 97 hits and 53 RBI while Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez have combined for 178 hits and 97 RBI. Marco Estrada gets the ball, and he is 4-8 with a 4.90 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Estrada is 2-3 with a 3.90 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners could use a win here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Mariners have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Seattle Mariners have lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 131 hits and 51 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 221 hits and 91 RBI. James Paxton gets the ball, and he is 9-4 with a 3.49 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. Paxton is 3-2 with a 4.71 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 5-11 in their last 16 Saturday games, 0-4 in Estradas last 4 road starts and 3-8 in Estradas last 11 starts. The Mariners are 26-12 in their last 38 home games, 5-2 in Paxtons last 7 home starts and 13-6 in Paxtons last 19 starts. The Blue Jays are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Seattle, 11-4 in the last 15 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Seattle Mariners have burned me the last couple of days and here I go again backing them to win a game. Estrada hasn't been himself this season, and he's been hit rather hard, allowing a .269 batting average on the season and allowed four runs in four of his last nine starts. On the road this season, Estrada has a 5.32 ERA with an allowed batting average of .287. Paxton has had the season of his life for the Mariners, and he's allowing a .187 batting average at home. If the Mariners can't win this game, they're in serious trouble.