MLB Baseball Betting: Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners

MLB Baseball Betting:  Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners&h=235&w=320&zc=1

The season is slipping away from the Toronto Blue Jays. They have won the first two games of this three game series against the Seattle Mariners but they might have already blown their opportunity to win the division with their poor play prior to this series losing 8 of their last 12. The other problem is the Boston Red Sox who are on a nice 6 game winning streak. At this point, the Jays need the Red Sox to lose and that just hasn’t happened much lately. The Jays do have a tenuous hold on the top wild card spot though they’ve got plenty of company with 5 teams within 3 games competing for two wild card spots. The Seattle Mariners are also in that mix though they’ve lost 4 of 5.

Seattle will start right hander Felix Hernandez who is having a substandard season by his lofty standards. He’s got a 3.79 ERA overall with a 1.315 WHIP, a 4.10 ERA with a 1.219 WHIP and a 6.19 ERA with a 1.750 WHIP in his last three starts. ‘King Felix’ has dealt with some injuries this year–he didn’t start a game in two months as he recovered from a calf strain–but he just hasn’t been the overpowering beast of year’s past. The Mariners have won 14 of his 22 starts including 7 of 11 at home and 2 of his last 3. His last three starts have been very erratic–on 9/5 at home against Texas he allowed 6 ER in 5 2/3 innings of work. On 9/10 at Oakland he allowed 6 hits and 0 ER in 6 innings of work. In his last start on 9/16 he allowed 5 ER in 4 1/3 innings of work.

The Jays will go with right hander Aaron Sanchez who has pitched well on the road this year though isn’t in particularly good form. Overall, he’s got a 3.23 ERA and a 1.191 WHIP with a 2.71 ERA and a 1.124 WHIP on the road. In his last 3 starts he’s got a 4.86 ERA with a 1.440 WHIP. The Jays have won 16 of his 27 starts this season including 9 of 15 on the road and 1 of his last 3. He’s coming off a rough start at home against Boston where he went 3 2/3 innings allowing 6 ER in a 11-8 Toronto loss.

Just don’t trust the Jays to pull off the sweep and they’re facing a team that hits RHP as well or better than they do. ‘King Felix’ may be off his usual dominating form but we’ll back him as a home dog.


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