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Blue Jays Visit Mariners on West Coast Road Trip

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Await Red Hot Blue Jays

A day after completing a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics, the Toronto Blue Jays continue their West Coast swing by paying a visit to Seattle to take on Félix Hernandez and the Mariners.

TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, Sportsnet (Toronto), ROOT Northwest (Seattle).

PITCHING MATCHUP: T Clippard (4-1) ERA: 3.73 vs. Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (8-9, 5.58 ERA).

ODDS: Mariners are -145-moneyline favorites. The total is 9.

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The Jays’ roster is a shadow of its former self following the July 31 trade deadline. Mark Shapiro and the Jays’ brass dealt pitchers JA Happ, Seung-hwan Oh, John Axford, Aaron Loup and Roberto Osuna for a slew of prospects.

The young hopefuls are what is the beginning of a youth movement in Toronto. Furthermore, shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is expected to be out for two to six weeks following a leg injury. Those who are left on the Jays’ roster will be up against a Mariners’ team that has the playoffs in sight.

Unlike Toronto, Seattle acquired depth pitching at the deadline. This includes relievers Zach Duke, Adam Warren and Sam Tuivailala. Those pickups should go a long way in bolstering a Mariners’ pitching staff that sports the 17th best ERA in the Bigs (4.01).

They are only three games back of the Astros for first in the West. Seattle holds a two-game lead over the Athletics for the second wildcard spot. The Mariners feel they’re well positioned for a playoff berth. They’ll look to jump on the undermanned Jays this Thursday (10:10 PM ET).

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