Seattle Continues Trek
The Seattle Mariners will travel to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series starting Monday. The first pitch is set for 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Mariners Riding Momentum
The Mariners are 16-19 but just scored an impressive series win over the New York Mets, capped off by an 8-7 victory over the weekend. They have also won four of their last seven games after enduring a terrible 11-game stretch during which they lost 10 games and are now playing with much more confidence.
Seattle might be fairly small in name, but it has a decent offensive outfit that is led by 27-year-old Ty France, who is hitting .331 with five homers and is on pace to be his career-best year. Adam Frazier has not set the world on fire since arriving during the offseason, but he has contributed to the team’s ability to get on base. The Mariners rank in the middle of the pack in batting average.
Chris Flexen (1-5, 4.24 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mariners, coming off of a five-inning, six-run start in his last outing. Flexen impressed last season but has regressed and needs to show he is still the same player who went 14-6 in 2021.
Blue Jays: Disappointing Start
The Toronto Blue Jays were one of the top MLB picks for the World Series and the projected cream of the crop in the American League East, but their pedestrian 18-17 record does not represent any of this. They have lost six of their last seven games, all against AL East opponents, and cannot leave themselves too little room to mount a comeback, which was the case last season.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette have not dominated as expected, which has been a major part of why the team has struggled. George Springer has been the offensive standout, although the team still ranks in the bottom third in total runs scored.
Yusei Kikuchi (1-1, 4.15 ERA) will get the start for a struggling Toronto team after he let in two earned runs in 5.1 innings in his last start.
Mariners vs Blue Jays Head-to-Head
This will be the first time that the Mariners and Blue Jays have met in 2022. The Mariners won four of the six matchups in 2021 despite finishing with a worse regular-season record.
Mariners vs Blue Jays Game Information
- Game: Mariners (16-19) vs Blue Jays (18-17)
- Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto
- Day/Time: Monday, May 16, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Mariners vs Blue jays Live stream: MLB.tv
Mariners vs Blue Jays Betting Lines
C. Flexen -R
|+1½ -150||+138||8½ -120o||3½ -125o
|Toronto Blue Jays
Y. Kikuchi -L
|-1½ +130||-153||8½ Evu||4½ -115o
Mariners vs Blue Jays Prediction
The Blue Jays have disappointed many of their bettors, but they are still clearly a better team than the Mariners, as is reflected by most MLB lines.
Guerrero Jr. and Bichette having subpar seasons is relative and both are still extremely capable of dominating entire games on their own or stepping up in big moments.
The Mariners should have scored a point with the upset crowd by beating the Mets in their recent series, but the preceding losing streak limits expectations to an extent. Seattle needs to either add a piece to its roster or demonstrate more consistency to become a viable pick against such a powerful team.
Take the Blue Jays to win the first meeting in the series behind a strong offensive night.
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