The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are locked in a race for a wild-card spot in the American League. The Blue Jays won the first game of a three game set 3-2 Monday night and will finish off the series in Seattle on Wednesday.
For the Wednesday closer, the Blue Jays will go with Aaron Sanchez (13-2, 3.17 ERA), who was knocked for six runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in an 8-11 home loss to the Boston Red Sox. In an attempt to monitor his innings, management held Sanchez out from his next start. The 24-year-old All-Star might get back on track on the road. Away from home, Sanchez is 8-1 in 15 starts this season with an ERA of 2.62.
Felix Hernandez (11-6, 3.79 ERA) was roughed up for six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings in a 0-6 home loss to Houston in his last start. The 30-year-old former Cy Young winner has now allowed five runs or more in three of his last four starts. Hernandez is 5-3 in 11 home starts with an ERA of 4.10.