Toronto Blue Jays vs Seattle Mariners: Betting Odds And Match Preview

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What went wrong for the Toronto Blue Jays? It has been a case of the same old problems for the Canadian franchise and supporters have had enough. John Gibbons should keep his job for the rest of the 2018 season purely for the sake of continuity but most fans expect his tenure to come to an abrupt end in the coming months.

A four-match series against the Seattle Mariners is hardly ideal given their impressive efforts in the American League West this year and Toronto fans will be hoping that the Blue Jays can avoid another embarrassing series whitewash. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the two teams…

Blue Jays Fans Have Lost All Faith – And Understandably So

Justin Smoak

Toronto’s statistics for the 2018 campaign make for ugly reading. The Blue Jays have now lost seven of their previous 10 Major League Baseball fixtures and another difficult series awaits this weekend. It is difficult to place too much faith in Toronto at this moment in time and Gibbons looks like a beaten man. Blue Jays supporters are now almost counting down the days until the end of the regular season…

With a 48-59 record, the salient fact is this: the Toronto Blue Jays haven’t been good enough or consistent enough to deserve a playoff berth. With the exception of maybe one or two players, the entire Blue Jays roster has underperformed this year and fans will be expecting lots of changes in the offseason. It all stems from poor coaching and lack of preparation but some players simply aren’t pulling their weight and that doesn’t help matters.

KEY MAN: Justin Smoak. By his high standards, the Toronto star has struggled for most of the 2018 campaign but still has more home runs (17) than any of his Blue Jays teammates. If anyone can fire Toronto back to form, it is Smoak. In addition, Smoak leads the team in RBI with 55 and supporters will be looking towards the Toronto number 14 for inspiration this weekend.

Mariners Primed For Postseason Charge

Nelson Cruz

Seattle are well placed to enjoy a successful run in the 2018 playoffs and plenty of punters will be considering the Mariners in the World Series betting odds. Second in the division behind the highly touted Houston Astros, the Mariners are still in the mix to pip their rivals to the AL West crown but reaching the playoffs is an achievement in itself.

Despite their solid standing in the division, the Mariners have lost six of their previous 10 Major League Baseball outings and that record will give Toronto fans hope. The Blue Jays tend to struggle in longer road series’ and most omens point towards a comfortable weekend for Seattle. Toronto fans might want to look away, things could get ugly…

KEY MAN: Nelson Cruz. Seattle’s big hitter will be central to their chances of victory in this series and MLB bettors will know all about his scoring ability. Currently sitting pretty at the top of the Mariners statistics for home runs, Cruz is capable of transforming a game in the blink of an eye and Seattle may rely on his exploits if Toronto keep pace in the early stages of the series.

PREDICTION

The first game of the series is always difficult to call but Seattle should have enough talent to outscore their opponents quite comfortably. The Mariners are primed to go on and feature in the postseason whilst Toronto will be twiddling their thumbs at home – and the difference between the two sides is quite clear. With that in mind, opting for a convincing Mariners victory may prove prudent…

Best Bet:

MARINERS 6-2 BLUE JAYS