The Toronto Blue Jays (82-68, –8.62 betting units) have been ice cold in September, but they managed to win the first game of a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners (79-71, –0.28 betting units) Monday night. Toronto won 3-2 as +104 visiting favourites; Game No. 2 takes place Tuesday night, starting at 10:10 PM ET on Sportsnet.
The Jays will go for their first series win of September when JA Happ (4.02 FIP) takes the mound in search of his 20th win of the season. He won his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, pitching six innings and giving up just one earned run on three hits to improve to 19-4 on the season. Happ would become the second 20-game winner in the MLB this season, trailing Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox.
To be successful, the Blue Jays will have to put up some runs against Hisashi Iwakuma (4.30 FIP). Iwakuma (16-11), who pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, has arguably been Seattle’s best pitcher in 2016. He leads all Mariners starters in wins (16), innings pitched (186) and strikeouts (132). He last pitched against Toronto on July 23, where he went six innings, and gave up only two earned runs on four hits in a win at the Rogers Centre. With Felix Hernandez underperforming so far this season, Iwakuma may pose the greatest threat for the Jays while in Seattle.