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Mariners vs Blue Jays Prediction, Starting Pitchers and Betting Odds for AL Wild Card MLB Playoffs Game 1

The third game of today’s Wild Card MLB Playoffs slate pits the Seattle Mariners against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mariners finally ended their 21-year postseason drought this year but will now have to travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays who won 92 games in a loaded AL East.

This MLB betting preview for the AL Wild Card MLB Playoffs Mariners vs Blue Jays Game 1 includes game info, starting pitchers, betting odds, trends and a prediction for today’s postseason matchup.

Seattle Mariners vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction | AL Wild Card MLB Playoffs Game 1

AL Wild Card MLB Playoffs Game 1
Seattle Mariners (90-72, 44-37 Away) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (92-70, 47-34 Home)
Date: Friday, Oct. 7, 2021
Time: 4:07 p.m. EST
Venue: Rogers Centre — Toronto, ON
Coverage: ESPN

Mariners vs Blue Jays Starting Pitchers

MarinersLuis Castillo (8-6, 2.99 ERA)
Blue JaysAlex Manoah (16-7, 2.24 ERA)

Seattle Mariners Preview

After missing out on the MLB Playoffs in heartbreaking fashion last season, the Seattle Mariners finally broke through in 2022. A deal for starting pitcher Luis Castillo helped Seattle shore up an already solid rotation. Although Robbie Ray and Marco Gonzales have been average at best this season, Logan Gilbert has had a fantastic season, posting a 13-6 record with a 3.20 ERA. Paul Sewald leads the team in saves with 20, but the Mariners have multiple options to close out games such as Diego Castillo and Andres Munoz.

Seattle may only sport a .231 team batting average, but when they do get hits, it’s often hit hard. Seattle had eight players swat at least 10 home runs this season. Although strikeouts can often become a problem for sluggers Eugenio Suarez and Julio Rodriguez, they still find a way to get the job done more often than not.

Toronto Blue Jays Preview

Much like the Mariners, the Blue Jays were also disappointed to miss the MLB Playoffs last season. This season looked to be more of the same for Toronto. Desperation set in for Toronto, and they subsequently fired manager Charlie Montoyo and replaced him with John Schneider. Under Schneider, the Blue Jays went 46-28 to close the year and lock up the first wild card spot.

Toronto may have more offensive firepower than anyone as they had five players hit 24 or more home runs this season. Toronto had a team batting average of .264 and an on-base percentage of .329. In the past, the pitching staff has been the reason for their demise, however, it looks to be more consistent this season. Led by Alex Manoah, Kevin Gausman and Jose Berrios, the Blue Jays arguably have three “aces” when they’re on their game.

Mariners vs Blue Jays Prediction, Starting Pitchers and Betting Odds for AL Wild Card MLB Playoffs Game 1
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Mariners vs Blue Jays Odds | MLB Playoffs Predictions

MLB betting odds for Mariners vs Blue Jays are taken from BetOnline Sportsbook.

Moneyline: SEA: (+113) | TOR: (-135)
Run Line: 
SEA: +1.5 (-195) | TOR: -1.5 (+165)
7 — Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)
Public (Spread) Betting 
via Action NetworkSEA: (21%) | TOR: (79%)

Mariners vs Blue Jays MLB Betting Trends

  • Four of the Mariners’ last five games have gone over the total.
  • Seattle is 5-0 straight up in their last five games against Toronto.
  • Seattle is 7-2 straight up in their last nine games.
  • Toronto is 5-1 straight up in their last six games.
  • The total has gone over in five of the Blue Jays’ last seven games.

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Mariners vs Blue Jays Stats

  • Seattle is averaging 4.26 runs per game (RPG) this season (No. 18 in the MLB).
  • Seattle is surrendering 3.85 RPG this season (No. 7 in the MLB).
  • Toronto is averaging 4.78 RPG this season (No. 4 in the MLB).
  • Toronto is surrendering 4.19 RPG this season (No. 13 in the MLB).

Mariners vs Blue Jays MLB Weather Report

Status: Mostly Cloudy
15 MPH (blowing out to center)

Mariners vs Blue Jays Prediction | AL Wild Card MLB Playoffs Game 1

The Mariners vs Blue Jays MLB betting prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Toronto a 51.9% chance to win Game 1 of this AL Wild Card MLB Playoffs matchup.

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