Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays
MLB: Friday August 16, 2019 at 7:07 PM EST
The Mariners have been out of the playoff race for a long time and sit in the basement of the AL West. They are also out of the Wild Card picture 21 games out of the 2nd spot and the club has the 4th fewest wins in the AL. Seattle has the bats ranking a respectable 14th in MLB in runs scored, but the pitching has been the issue. They come into this series losing five of their last seven road games facing the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are in the same boat as the Mariners out of the playoff race and each team is 21 games out of the 2nd AL Wild Card. However, Toronto has been playing pretty well as of late and they have won four of their last five opening games of a series.
For what has been a bad season in the Great Northwest the Mariners have won two of their last three games after dropping three in a row and they beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in their last game.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Series win. ✔️<br><br>On to Toronto. 🛫<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrueToTheBlue?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TrueToTheBlue</a> x <a href=”https://twitter.com/Xfinity?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@XFinity</a> <a href=”https://t.co/nX5ANJRdkf”>pic.twitter.com/nX5ANJRdkf</a></p>— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Mariners/status/1162115244090466304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>August 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
Kyle Seager had three RBI in the last game for the M’s after having six RBI and three HR in the series opening win over Detroit. He is batting .364 in August and has raised his batting average 21 points in his last 10 games. Mallex Smithwas 6 for 13 in the series versus the Tigers with three stolen bases and he leads the AL with 34 steals. While the M’s took two of three games from the Tigers in their last series, they have dropped nine of their last 12 games. However, they have won seven of their last 10 games facing a team with a losing record.
Wade LeBlanc (6-6 5.14 ERA) is expected to get the start in this series opener and in his last start he was solid only giving up one run on five hits in six innings but got no help in a 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners have lost his last three starts and in the two before his last one he was not sharp giving up a total of 11 runs in nine 1/3 innings. This is LeBlanc’s first start of the season against the Blue Jays and the Mariners only have one win in his last six starts.
Can’t finish the sweep
The Blue Jays won the first two games of their last series but lost the finale 7-3 to the Texas Rangers not being able to finish off the sweep. In their previous five games their pitching had been solid, while only ranking 20th in MLB in team ERA, and in the first game of their last series with Texas they scored a season high 19 runs. In that game Brandon Durry hit his first career grand slam and had five RBI and he had an RBI in the series closing loss. Randal Grichuk leads the Jays in HR and RBI and he had a HR in the first two games of the last series before failing to go deep in the series finale. While the club is 4-9 in their last 13 games facing a team with a losing record, they are 4-0 in their last four games following a loss.
Rookie Jacob Waguespack (3-1 4.31 ERA) gets the nod in this series opener for Toronto and in his last start he gave up three runs on three hits in three 2/3 innings in a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees. He came out of the bullpen in that game and his previous two appearances were as a starter where he totaled 12 innings and only gave up one run in two Blue Jays wins. This game is Waguespack’s first career start against the Mariners.
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss
- 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series
- 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game
The Seattle Mariners are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League East
- 7-3 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record