This afternoon the Toronto Blue Jays play game 2 of their 3 game series at home with the Seattle Mariners.
Seattle Mariners (19-22) @ Toronto Blue Jays (19-25)
The Toronto Blue Jays were downed 4-3 at home versus the Mariners yesterday evening. Starting pitcher Marco Estrada was pegged with the loss. He pitched 7 innings while giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 batters and walked 1. He also gave up a home run. He threw 101 pitches for the game. He is now 1-3 on the season. Relievers Ryan Tepera and Steve Delabar combined to throw 2 innings while giving up no hits and no earned runs. Delabar did walk 1 but also struck out 1. Right-fielder Chris Colabello was 3 for 4 with a home run and 2 runs batted in. He also scored 1 run. It was his 2nd home run of the season and he now has 9 runs batted in. His batting average is now at .381. 1st baseman Edwin Encarnacion was 2 for 4 with a home run and 1 run batted in. He also scored 2 runs. It was his 11th home run of the season and he now has 29 runs batted in. He struck out once. The only other 2 Blue Jays to record a hit in the game were 3rd baseman Danny Valencia and shortstop Ryan Goins. Valencia was 1 for 3 while Goins was 1 for 2 with a walk. Center-fielder Kevin Pillar had a stolen base, his 7th of the season. The Blue Jays had 7 his in the game. Today their starting pitcher is left-handed veteran Mark Buehrle. Buehrle is 5-3 with a 5.36 era and 23 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched this season. He’s made 8 starts this season. His last start was on May 17th, a loss at Houston. He pitched 8 innings while giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits. He gave up 2 home runs. He struck out 5 and walked 2 batters. He threw 111 pitches in the game his highest pitch count total of the season thus far. This is his 16th season in MLB, his 3rd with the Blue Jays. He’s also played for the White Sox and the Marlins. He has a career record of 204-155 with an era of 3.84. The Seattle Mariners let their pitching ace do the work yesterday as they were victorious 4-3. Ace Felix Hernandez recorded his 7th win of the season as he pitched 7 innings while giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits. He struck out 8 batters and walked 2. He did give up one home run in the game. He threw 97 pitches. He is now 7-1 on the season with a 2.19 era. Reliever Carson Smith pitched 1 inning while giving up no earned runs on 1 hit. He also walked one batter. Closer Fernando Rodney notched his 11th save of the season as he pitched 1 inning while giving up 2 earned runs on 2 hits. He gave up 1 home run. Right-fielder Nelson Cruz was 2 for 4 as he hit his MLB-leading 17th home run of the season. He had 1 run batted in and 1 run scored. His batting average is now .354. It was his 34th run batted in of the season. 1st baseman Logan Morrison was 1 for 4 with 2 rbis. He also scored a run and struck out once. The 2 runs batted in were his 13th and 14th of the season. He also stole a base, his 2nd of the season. Catcher Mike Zunino was 1 for 3 with a run batted in. He also had 1 walk and struck out twice. The rbi was his 13th of the season. 3rd baseman Kyle Seager and designated hitter Welington Castillo were each 1 for 3 and each scored 1 run and had 1 walk. The Mariners had 6 hits in the game. Today their starting pitcher is left-handed James Paxton. Paxton is 2-2 with a 3.59 era and 37 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched. He’s made 8 starts this season. He’s won his last 2 starts while giving up no earned runs on 8 hits. In his last outing, May 17th at home versus Boston, he pitched 8 innings while giving up no earned runs on 5 hits. He struck out 2 and walked 2. This is his 3rd season in MLB, all 3 with the Mariners. He has a 11-6 career record with a 2.97 era.
Toronto is 11-10 at home this season. They have scored 226 runs and allowed 211 runs on the season. Seattle is 8-12 on the road this season. They have scored 156 runs and allowed 171 runs on the season.
Prediction: The Blue Jays have lost 10 of their last 13 games so they are really slumping. However, I expect Buehrle to pick them up today and give them a solid outing that allows them a chance to notch a win.
Take the Blue Jays 1.83 (Bet365)
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