The Toronto Blue Jays shed some salary at the deadline as the rebuilding Blue Jays sent a trio of pitchers to other teams. J.A. Happ, Aaron Loup, and Roberto Osuna all went elsewhere. This is a wasted season for them, which was expected given their departures. Edwin Encarnacion going to Cleveland was the end of a competitive era for Toronto baseball. Jose Bautista was on a major downswing at that point as well.
The future is filled with plenty of potential, though. Vlad Jr. and Bo Bichette are expected to be stars, as they’re two of the top-rated prospects in all of baseball. They’re hoping they get something out of the Brandon Drury trade as well. The onus is likely going to be on management to surround them with talent. The Jays got a strong outing out of Marco Estrada on Saturday, as he took a no-hitter into the 7th inning.
Like I said, these potential no-hitters are happening nearly every night nowadays. It was a rare positive night for Blue Jays’ pitching which has been a miss for them in 2018. The biggest disappointment has been Marcus Stroman who has been a considerable failure this season. Overall, everyone has been hit and miss, though.
Oakland won a close one a night ago against the Tigers. Against a good team they probably lose that game. They got away with stranding runners on 2nd and 3rd in what felt every inning. Failing to get runners in from 3rd with 1 out isn’t going to work in the postseason. The Mariners hope that the postseason isn’t in the plans for the Athletics. After in control of the final wildcard for the vast majority of this season, the A’s caught all the way up to take the lead. Dropping games against losing teams like the Blue Jays isn’t going to help much. At one point in June, the Mariners had an 11 game lead on the Athletics. The A’s are now 2.5 ahead of the Mariners.
They have to collect as many wins as they can against the bad teams. After the Blue Jays they play in another winnable series against the Rangers. However, then things will get complicated with two series against the Astros and a series each against the A’s and Dodgers. The Mariners also play the A’s again at the end of August. Mike Leake gets the nod for the Mariners on Sunday, while the Jays will look to Sam Gaviglio. Get our free Blue Jays vs. Mariners pick below.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 5.10 ERA) vs. Mike Leake (8-7, 4.16 ERA)
In his third season in the majors, there were added expectations placed on Gaviglio. This was supposed to be the year he took a leap and it hasn’t happened. Next year will likely be a make or break year for him. He’s already 28 years old. There isn’t much room for him to continue to struggle. Gaviglio enters with an ERA of 5.10 and 1.41 WHIP. He has actually been pretty good in Toronto at the Rogers Centre where he holds a 2.82 ERA. On the road it’s a completely different ballgame for Gaviglio.
He enters Sunday with a 8.78 ERA and 1.70 WHIP out of town. The A’s blasted him for 8 hits and 5 runs in just 2.2 innings in his last start. He’s been in plenty of trouble recently, with an ERA of 7.04 and 1.76 WHIP in his last three. Mariners’ hitters have only 7 at-bats against Gaviglio, but they made the most of it with a .429 batting average and .559 OBP.
Leake has been solid for the Mariners with a 2.95 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in his last three showings. He’s allowed more than 3 runs just twice in his last 13 outings. Ugly display for the Mariners yesterday, which made for their fifth straight loss and on the brink of a sweep against a below average Jays team. If they don’t look out, the Athletics are going to quickly have complete control of the final wildcard. They can’t afford to take a sweep against a club like the Blue Jays. Seattle should be able to snap out of it, at least for a day, and take advantage of Gaviglio’s struggles on the road.