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In the first game of an AL series the Blue Jays host the Mariners and both teams have been hot as of late.
The Mariners are coming off a loss in their last game but they won their previous two games and have 10 wins in their last 13 games. The team is three games over .500 and is in third place in the AL West seven games back of the Houston Astros. While Seattle has a winning record they do not rank in the top 16 in the Majors in runs scored or team ERA.
The Blue Jays have won two in a row and seven of their last eight games. They are four games over .500 and in third place in the AL East 6.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox. The strength of Toronto is a lineup that ranks fifth in baseball in runs scored and they have totaled 17 runs in their last two games.
Can’t Complete the Sweep
The Mariners were in the Windy City in their last series and after winning the first two games they failed to complete the sweep losing the Chicago White Sox 7-5 in their last game. In that game Seattle only had three hits and Mitch Haniger was 2 for 4 with a HR and three RBI in the losing effort. Haniger leads the team with 17 HR and 45 RBI and he has two hits in each of the last three days where he has four RBI. On the season Seattle is 17-22 on the road.
Chris Flexen (6-3 3.87 ERA 1.25 WHIP) takes the hill in this series opener and he had a good last start giving up one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners have won his last three starts where he gave up four runs and he has only given up one run in his last two outings. Flexen’s last two starts were at home and in his last two road starts he gave up 11 runs in 7 2/3 innings. This is his first start of the season against the Blue Jays.
Solid Series at the Dish
The Blue Jays were at home in their last series taking three of four games from the Baltimore Orioles where they totaled 31 runs. In the last game they won 5-2 where Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio each had two hits and two RBI.
Guerrero Jr. leads the Majors in batting average (.342), HR (26), and RBI (66) and in the series win over the Orioles he had five hits, three HR, and six RBI. Three players for the Jays have at least 50 RBI. While Toronto is five games over .500 on the road, they are one game under .500 (16-17) at home.
Robbie Ray (5-3 3.35 ERA 1.13 WHIP) gets the nod for Game 1 of this series and in his last start he only gave up one run on four hits in six innings in a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins. His last four starts have been on the road, where the Blue Jays are 2-2 and in his last two home starts, he only gave up one run in each. This is Ray’s first start of the season against the Mariners.
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 7-1 in their last 8 overall
- 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite
- 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter
- 9-2 in their last 11 games following an off day
The Seattle Mariners are:
- 12-31 in their last 43 road games vs. a left-handed starter
- 17-39 in their last 56 Tuesday games
- 16-38 in their last 54 road games vs. a team with a winning record