The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners start an important sequence on Friday, every seeking to claw their method again into the AL playoff image behind starters who’ve exceeded expectations.
After spending the 2020 season in Korea, Seattle’s Chris Flexen is 10-5 and is pitching his finest at residence. He was allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of his 12 residence begins and the workforce is 8-4. The ex-Met has a 2.67 ERA and has allowed simply 4 homers and 12 walks in 70 ²/₃ innings at residence.
Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray has allowed 23 residence runs, tied for fourth-most in MLB, however has overcome that to submit a 2.90 ERA. He has not let up a homer in 5 of his previous six begins whereas posting a 2.30 ERA with a .201 opponents batting common and 11.4 strikeouts per 9 innings since June 1.
The Mariners entered Thursday with a 3.97 bullpen ERA and the Blue Jays a virtually equivalent 3.96, however up to now 30 days the Mariners 3.48 bullpen ERA ranks eighth whereas the 4.02 of the Blue Jays ranks nineteenth.
With Toronto coming into Thursday having scored 4 runs or fewer in 9 of its previous 12 street video games and the Mariners employees No. 2 in fewest walks within the AL in August, Seattle will proceed its success in Flexen’s residence begins.
The play: Mariners, +140.