Now, they’re headed out of the country once again to face the Blue Jays in Rogers Centre. Let’s take a look at how this next series is shaping up.
Current record: 10-9
Last game: vs. Orioles. After a four-game sweep of Kansas City, the Blue Jays managed just 3 runs and 3 losses against Baltimore.
Last series against Seattle: August 15 – 17, 2011. Toronto took 2 of 3 games against Seattle, including a 5-1 win over today’s starter, Blake Beavan.
In 2011, the Mariners put up a 3-6 record against the Blue Jays, with a 3-3 split at home and 0-3 on the road. The last time they won in Rogers Centre was September 22, 2010.
Toughest player: Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista should top this list, but the most successful Blue Jay this week has been outfielder Eric Thames, who has gone 5-for-12 with a solo home run. Make of that what you will.
Weakest link: I’ve almost given up postulating which player is the least likely to score against the Mariners, considering that Michael Brantley batted leadoff for the Indians and Ryan Raburn contributed 3 hits and an RBI in two starts.
For Seattle, however, Miguel Olivo and Brendan Ryan still haven’t quite found their groove (or mojo, if you will). Olivo is 3-for-13 with a pair of runs and RBIs, while Ryan has gone 0-for-7 with 2 walks during this road trip.
Expected result: While I’m not entirely comfortable predicting another sweep, given the incredible good fortune of the Mariners against Detroit this week, not to mention Seattle’s track record in Toronto, let’s say the Mariners will take 2 of 3 this weekend. I have the feeling they’re going to keep up this hot streak, if only to regress once they reach Safeco Field next Friday.
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