The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays take to the field at Rogers Centre for the second meeting of their four-game series. The Jays made it past the Mariners easily last night, putting a 7-2 beating on the M’s. The Jays have popped to life lately, as they’ve won four of their last five games. Is there still work to do? Oh yeah, they’re only 14-22. However, they are not out of anything by any means. It’s a marathon, not a sprint as you all know.
For the Jays to really get going, I think it’s going to go with Jose Bautista getting hot. He hasn’t yet, but I would be surprised if he continues to hit below .200. Expect his BA to climb steadily as we head into the summer. The Blue Jays do need it, and he needs it as well if he wants to cash in on his career one last time.
A couple of hurlers who have been tossed into the fray as a result of injuries will get the calls on Friday. There isn’t much experience between the two, but they’ve done everything they have needed to do when they’re needed. Joe Biagini has been a member of the bullpen, but he got the first start of his career against the Rays on the 7th. He was perfect, allowing no earned runs across 4 innings of work, along with just 2 hits. The Mariners will counter with Christian Bergman, who’s filling in for the injured Iwakuma. Bergman has pitched a total of 3.2 innings this season, that’s it. He has gotten more work in previous seasons, but it’s been tough on him. Head below for our free Mariners vs. Blue Jays pick.
Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Christian Bergman (0-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. Joe Biagini (0-1, 2.78 ERA)
Bergman came over to Seattle from the Rockies, after getting destroyed as a member of the bullpen. He made ten starts his first-year but after a 5.83 ERA he was better suited for the bullpen. Note that in his final season in Colorado, he was wrecked for an ERA of 8.39. Yeah, it isn’t easy pitching there but those are horrific numbers. Maybe he finds a groove in his new home of Seattle. Although, he may not get any help from the bullpen. They rank nearly last in the majors and it was on display last night again.
I don’t foresee either pitcher lasting long in this one. Even if Biagini is pitching well, he will get pulled early to preserve his arm for the future. Biagini lasted just 4 innings in his first start, after allowing only 2 hits. This leaves us with a scenario that tells us the bullpens will find work in this matchup. As a consequence, the OVER looks like an attractive MLB pick on Friday.
PICK: OVER 8.5 (-110)