Last Updated Oct 08, 2022, 2:56 PM

Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Seattle Mariners (91-72) will take on the Toronto Blue Jays (92-71) Saturday for game two of the AL Wild Card round. First pitch is scheduled for 4:07 PM ET at Rogers Centre and can be viewed on ESPN.  

SEATTLE MARINERS at TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING PREDICTION

The Mariners kicked off to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back on Friday. The offense finished with seven hits and four runs on the day. This is right on par with their season average of 4.25 runs scored per game. Starting pitcher Luis Castillo had a great outing Friday, allowing six hits and zero runs in 7.1 innings. The Mariners bullpen have been dominant throughout the season and could end up being the difference maker in this series. Southpaw Robbie Ray (12-12, 3.71 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday.  

Toronto failed to take advantage of any opportunities in game-one. The offense finished with seven hits on the day but finished with zero runs and went 0-3 with runners in scoring position. This is a bit unusual for a team that averaged 4.78 runs per game throughout the season. Aside from giving up three runs in the first, the bullpen pitched well for the most part. The bullpen is not used to having to carry a game as the offense is usually putting runs up on the board. The right-hander Kevin Gausman (12-10, 3.35 ERA) is expected to take the mound Saturday.  

I like the Blue Jays to take game-two of this series as I expect their offense to have much more success against Ray. I also like the total to go over as I expect both teams to put runs on the board. Backing the Blue Jays moneyline and the over in this matchup.  

Score Prediction: Blue Jays 5, Mariners 3 
Best Bet: Over 7 (-110)

SEATTLE MARINERS at TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING ODDS

SEATTLE MARINERS at TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • Matchup: AL West vs. AL East
  • Venue: Rogers Centre
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Time-TV: 4:07 p.m. ET – ESPN
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SEATTLE MARINERS BETTING ANALYSIS

The Mariners are 91-72 SU and 84-79 ATS after Friday’s win over Toronto. The total has gone over in four of Seattle’s last six games. Going against this trend, the total has gone under in five of their last six games when playing on the road against Toronto. Seattle is 4-7 SU in their last 11 games on the road.  

Seattle offense started to come alive in the second half of the season. As a team they have a batting average of .230 (27th), on base percentage of .315 (16th), slugging percentage of .390 (17th) and scored 690 total runs (18th). The center fielder Julio Rodriguez has been great this season with a batting average of .284 (145-511), 28 home runs, and 75 RBIs. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez has also had a nice season with a batting average of .236 (128-543), 31 home runs, and 87 RBIs.  

The Mariners bullpen is a big reason this team is in the position they are. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .235 (10th), have a WHIP of 1.19 (8th), and team ERA of 3.59 (8th). The left-hander Ray is expected to take the mound Saturday. Ray is 12-12 SU with an ERA of 3.71 and has given up 163 hits, 78 earned runs, and struck out 212 batters in 189.0 innings of work. In his one outing against Toronto this season Ray gave up three hits and one run in 6.0 innings.  

The Mariners have won six straight games when facing the Blue Jays. (Getty)

TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING ANALYSIS

The Blue Jays are now 92-71 SU and 75-88 ATS after losing Friday. The total has gone over in five of Toronto’s last eight games. The total has also gone over in four of their last six games at home. Going against these trends, the total has gone under in five of their last six when playing at home against Seattle. The Blue Jays are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.  

Toronto’s offense couldn’t get anything going Friday but I would not expect the same Saturday. As a team they have a batting average of .264 (1st), on base percentage of .329 (3rd), slugging percentage of .431 (3rd) and have scored 775 total runs (4th). First baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. leads the team in most major categories with a batting average of .274 (175-638), 32 home runs, and 97 RBIs. Third baseman Matt Chapman has been productive as well with a batting average of .324 (123-538), 27 home runs, and 76 RBIs.  

The Blue Jays bullpen have had their ups and downs but pitched well towards the end of the season. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .247 (17th), have a WHIP of 1.23 (11th), and team ERA of 3.87 (15th). Right-handed pitcher Gausman is scheduled to start Saturday. Gausman is 12-10 SU with an ERA of 3.35 and has given up 188 hits, 65 earned runs, and struck out 205 batters in 174.2 innings of work. In his one outing against the Mariners Gausman gave up seven hits and two runs in 5.0 innings.  

KEY PLAYERS

  • SEA: Julio Rodriguez - OF (Last Game: 1-3, R)
  • SEA: Eugenio Suarez - 3B (Last Game: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R)
  • TOR: Vlad Guerrero, Jr. - 1B (Last Game: 0-4)
  • TOR: Bo Bichette - SS (Last Game: 1-4)

PROBABLE PITCHERS

  • SEA: Robbie Ray - LHP (-)
  • TOR: Kevin Gausman - RHP (-)
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