The Toronto Blue Jays will be trying to rebound after being swept in a three-game series with the Oakland A’s when they continue their current 10-game road trip in Seattle on Thursday as projected underdogs on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto is coming off a brutal 8-3 loss in Oakland while sporting +126 odds, marking the club’s seventh loss in nine games going into Thursday night’s Blue Jays versus Mariners betting matchup at Safeco Field.
The Blue Jays were completely dominated during their three-game set with the A’s, getting outscored by a wide 24-6 margin, and have now surrendered eight or more runs in five of their past nine outings, fuelling a current 8-2 run for the OVER in totals betting.
While losses in Oakland are nothing new for the Blue Jays, who are 4-12 in their past 16 road dates with the A’s, the club’s struggles also extend a brutal stretch of play on the road where they are a meagre 9-21 in their past 30 contests after opening the season on a respectable 12-10 run.
Toronto’s woes will likely be complicated by the club’s fire sale leading up to this week’s non-waiver trade deadline, which resulted in several pitchers leaving town including J.A. Happ, John Axford, Aaron Loup, Seunghwan Oh, and embattled closer Roberto Osuna. As well, veteran utility man Steve Pearce was dealt to Boston at the end of June.
Aside from a recent three-game sweep of the last-place Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays have failed to tally consecutive wins since the end of June, and have posted series wins against teams with better records on just two occasions this season, both in interleague play.
However, the Blue Jays open their four-game weekend series in Seattle against a Mariners squad looking to rebound after dropping two of three to the visiting Houston Astros, capped by Wednesday afternoon’s 8-3 loss as +124 underdogs.
The Mariners have struggled after an impressive first half, which was highlighted by a 22-6 run that began in mid-May. Seattle has posted wins in just eight of its past 22 games overall, including a 6-7 record on home turf, but remains in a virtual tie for the second AL wild card with Oakland, and a +2800 bet on the World Series odds.
Seattle has not fared much better in recent meetings with the Blue Jays, who have picked up wins in 10 of their past 14 meetings with the Mariners, and held Seattle hitters to just two runs per game while going 4-2 in their past six dates at Safeco Field.