Aaron Sanchez (3-4, 4.17 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (19-26) meet Taijuan Walker (1-4, 7.47 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (20-22) in the last of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Mariners won the last game 3-2 and Seattle leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 1:07 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and will air on ROOT-NW and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Sanchez pitched 7.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 3-2 loss to the Angels. Josh Donaldson (.302, 32 Rs, 9 HRs, 28 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. In his career against the Blue Jays, Walker is 0-1 with a 1.12 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, and six strikeouts. Nelson Cruz (.352, 29 Rs, 17 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Toronto, a -130 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Seattle. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is nine runs. The Blue Jays are 11-8 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -748. The Blue Jays come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.1 runs per game. The Blue Jays are a dangerous hitting team with an MLB-best 148 extra base hits. Turning to the pitching staff, the Blue Jays are third in the AL in hits allowed at home with just 7.5 per game.
On the other side, the Mariners have a subpar record of 4-8 when they are the underdog and are -733 overall with the money line.
So far this season, the Mariners are 2-0 against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays will take on a right-hander (Walker) in this game. They have struggled against right-handed starting pitchers this season, going 13-22. The right-handed Sanchez will take the mound against the Mariners, who have a 15-17 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Mariners won by a margin of one run. The Blue Jays are 2-10 in one-run games. The Mariners have an 11-9 record in close games.
The Blue Jays are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Mariners are 3-3 in such matchups.
The Mariners managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with an 11-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 2-20. The Mariners have an 8-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Toronto and Seattle both rank in the top five of the league in home runs. Toronto sits at fourth with 50 home runs this season and Seattle ranks third with 53.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.05 per game. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.55.
Ranking 17th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.703). Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .750.
The Mariners are 9-18 when they allow at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 11-21 record.