Teams: Toronto Blue Jays (82-68) at Seattle Mariners (79-71)
Game Time: Tuesday, September 20 – 10:10 PM EST
Location: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
The Toronto Blue Jays will battle it out with the Seattle Mariners in game two of their three-game series at Seattle tonight. The Blue Jays are currently tied with Baltimore atop the wild-card standings, with Seattle trailing by three games. The Mariners had won six of the last seven games in the series at Safeco Field prior to a 3-2 defeat last night.
In tonight’s game we’ll see J.A. Happ (19-4, 3.27 ERA) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (16-11, 3.87 ERA) on the bump.
Happ is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA in four career starts against Seattle, the same team that gave up on him last season when he went 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 21 appearances (20 starts) as a Mariner and sent him to Pittsburgh for minor-league pitcher Adrian Sampson. Happ allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings to defeat the Mariners on July 24. He’s 8-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 road starts this season.
Iwakuma is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in six career appearances (five starts) against Toronto and he’s been very effective against Josh Donaldson (3-for-21). He’s won back-to-back starts to raise his victory total to a career best and the right-hander has posted a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts. Iwakuma is 8-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 13 starts here at Safeco for the season.
Blue Jays are 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win.
Blue Jays are 7-1 in Happs last 8 road starts.
Blue Jays are 15-3 in Happs last 18 starts with 4 days of rest.
Mariners are 9-3 in their last 12 overall.
Mariners are 8-2 in Iwakumas last 10 home starts.
Mariners are 1-5 in Iwakumas last 6 starts after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Mariners are 4-1 in Iwakumas last 5 starts vs. Blue Jays.
Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Seattle.
Blue Jays are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Seattle.