Toronto Blue Jays (52-79) at Seattle Mariners (55-74)
MLB: Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at 9:10 pm ET (T-Mobile Park)
Line and Odds: Seattle Mariners -126/Toronto Blue Jays +114 Over/Under: 10
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The Toronto Blue Jays score 4.48 runs per game, ranking 23rd in run production. Toronto also ranks 23rd with an on base plus slugging percentage of .729. Despite a low scoring output, the Blue Jays' power numbers are pretty strong. Their isolated power of .191 ranks 12th-best in Major League Baseball. Toronto hits home runs on 4.1% of their plate appearances, ranking 8th in home run percentage. They rank 14th in extra base hit percentage, getting extra base hits on 8.8% of their plate appearances. 41.0% of the hits they manage to get go for extra bases, the 4th-highest % in the Majors. The problem for Toronto is that they simply don't get that many hits. They rank 29th out of 30 teams in both batting average and batting average on balls in play. The Blue Jays have a batting average of .236 and a BABIP of just .277. Toronto's batting lineup also has a problem with strikeouts. They rank 25th in strikeout percentage, getting struck out in 24.2% of their plate appearances. The Blue Jays' rank 29th with an on base percentage of .302, a mark that has really damaged their offensive statistical rankings.
The Blue Jays give up 5.01 runs per game, ranking 19th in runs allowed. Toronto ranks 21st with an opponents' on base plus slugging percentage of .788. They rank in the bottom half of the MLB in most pitching or defensive statistical categories. Toronto has a particularly difficult time keeping opponents off base. Their opponents' on base percentage of .337 ranks 24th in the Majors. Similarly, their pitchers rank 23rd with a collective WHIP of 1.428. Their pitchers draw too many walks and not enough strikeouts. Blue Jays' pitchers strike out opponents on 20.9% of their opponents' plate appearances, ranking 24th in strikeout percentage. They rank 29th in walk percentage, allowing walks on 9.6% of their opponents' plate appearances. The pitching staff also ranks 29th in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Toronto is projected to send pitcher Wilmer Font to the mound as today's opener. He has pitched 65 and 1/3 innings in 35 pitching appearances this season. The 6'4'', 250 pound right-hander is on his 3rd team in just this season. He has a 4.27 ERA, 1.270 WHIP, and 3.04 strikeout-to-walk ratio, this year. Font has given up 8.3 hits and 1.7 home runs per 9 innings.
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