Seattle Mariners (20-15) at Toronto Blue Jays (20-17)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 10, 2018, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -165 / Seattle Mariners +155 --- Over/Under: 9
The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays meet Thursday in MLB action at Rogers Centre.
The Seattle Mariners could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Mariners have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Seattle Mariners have split their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Dee Gordon leads the Mariners with 49 hits and eight RBI while Jean Segura and Robinson Cano have combined for 79 hits and 44 RBI. Mike Leake gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 6.28 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Leake is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays could also use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Blue Jays have allowed eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Kevin Pillar leads the Blue Jays with 44 hits and 17 RBI while Yangervis Solarte and Justin Smoak have combined for 66 hits and 42 RBI. J.A. Happ gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 3.67 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Happ is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. American League East, 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 9-5 in their last 14 overall. The Blue Jays are 1-6 in their last 7 Thursday games, 4-0 in Happs last 4 home starts and 5-1 in Happs last 6 starts. The Mariners are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto, 3-9 in the last 12 meetings and the Blue Jays are 4-0 in Happs last 4 starts vs. Mariners.
Leake has given up three or more earned runs in each of his last five starts and is allowing a .299 batting average on the season. On the road in 14.1 innings, Leake has a 8.79 ERA with an allowed batting average of .344. Happ has allowed just six runs in his last 19.2 innings and is allowing just a .217 batting average at home this season overall. The price is a bit steep, but you have to like the Blue Jays to get a much needed victory at home with the pitcher in better form leading the way.