Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays May 24th

This afternoon the Toronto Blue Jays finish their 3 game series at home with the Seattle Mariners hoping to avoid a sweep.

 Seattle Mariners  (20-22) @ Toronto Blue Jays (19-26)

The Toronto Blue Jays lost for the 11th time in their last 14 games as they fell 3-2 to the Mariners yesterday. Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle got the loss as he pitched 7.1 innings while giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits. He gave 1 home run. He struck out 4 and walked 3 batters. He threw 97 pitches in the game. He is now 5-4 on the season. Reliever Roberto Osuna pitched 0.2 of an inning while giving up no earned runs and no hits. He struck out 1. Reliever Brett Cecil pitched 1 inning while giving up no earned runs on 1 hit. He also struck out one. Right-fielder Chris Colabello was 1 for 3 with a home run and 1 run batted in. It was his 3rd homer of the season and 10th rbi. He also scored 1 run, walked once, and struck out 2 times. His average is now .379 on the season. 1st baseman Edwin Encarnacion was 0 for 2 with a run batted in. It was his 30th rbi of the season. He also walked once. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson was 1 for 4 with a run scored. Left-fielder Danny Valencia was 2 for 4 while striking out 1 time. He upped his average to .348 on the season. The Blue Jays only had 4 hits in the game. Today their starting pitcher is right-handed Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez is 3-4 with a 4.17 era and 30 strikeouts in 45.1 innings pitched. He’s made 8 starts this season. His last start was May 19th at home versus the Angels. He recorded the loss as he pitched 7.1 innings while giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits. He gave up 1 home run. He struck out 5 and walked 3 batters. He threw 106 pitches in the game. He’s lost his last 2 starts. This is his 2nd season in MLB. Last season he didn’t make a start but appeared in 24 games and was 2-2 with a 1.09 era. He also had 3 saves. The Seattle Mariners’ starting pitcher James Paxton notched his 3rd straight win with a 3-2 win yesterday. He pitched 6 innings while giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits. He gave up 1 home run. He struck out 4 and walked 3 batters. He threw 90 pitches in the game. He improved his record to 3-2 on the season. Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen pitched 1 inning and gave up no earned runs and no hits. He struck out 2 and walked 1 batter. Reliever Carson Smith pitched 1 inning while giving up no earned runs on no hits. He struck out 1 batter. Closer Fernando Rodney grabbed his 12th save of the season as he pitched 1 inning while giving up no earned runs and no hits. He struck out 2 batters. 3rd baseman Kyle Seager was 1 for 4 with a home run and a run batted in. It was his 6th homer and 22nd rbi of the season. He also scored 1 run. Right-fielder Willie Bloomquist was 1 for 4 with 2 runs batted in. It was his 2nd and 3rd rbi of the season. Shortstop Chris Taylor was 2 for 4 with a 1 run scored. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz was 1 for 4. He struck out once. Catcher Mike Zunino was 1 for 3. He struck out 1 time. Left-fielder Rickie Weeks was 0 for 3 with 1 run scored. He walked once and struck out once. His batting average declined to .176 on the season. The Mariners had 6 hits in the game. Today their starting pitcher is right-handed Taijuan Walker. Walker is 1-4 with a 7.47 era and 36 strikeouts in 37.1 innings pitched. He’s made 8 starts this season. He’s 0-2 in his last 4 starts. In his last outing, a loss at Baltimore on May 19th, he only pitched 3.2 innings as he gave up 4 earned runs on 7 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 4 batters. He threw 71 pitches in the game. This is his 3rd season in MLB and 3rd with the Mariners. He has a 4-7 career record with a 4.78 era.

Toronto is 11-11 at home this season. They have scored 228 runs and allowed 214 runs on the season. Seattle is 9-12 on the road this season. They have scored 159 runs and allowed 173 runs on the season.

Prediction: The Blue Jays’ bats have not gotten going this series but that could change against the Mariners’ starter Walker. I believe the Jays will win today to at least salvage the 3 game sweep.

Take the Blue Jays 1.86 (Bet365)

May 24, 2015 by : Posted in Baseball No Comments
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