The Toronto Blue Jays cashed as 118 road dogs in Monday’s opener against the Seattle Mariners, rallying for a 3-1 victory.
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Blue Jays, Reyes rally
Toronto’s Jose Reyes poked an RBI-single in Monday’s eighth inning, tying the matchup, 1-1. Blue Jays first baseman Mark DeRosa then entered as a pinch hitter, driving in Reyes and outfielder Jose Bautista.
Seattle’s Justin Smoak drilled a solo-shot homer, finishing the night 1-for-4. Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero hit 2-for-3 from the lineup’s No. 9 slot, including his first double since recently being acquired by his club.
Blue Jays closer Casey Jansen logged his 20th save, allowing no hits in the final frame. Toronto was edged out in hits by the Mariners, 8-7, while the contest’s combined four runs dipped below the ‘total’ of 7.5.
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Hernandez fails to cash
Felix Hernandez (11-4, 2.30 ERA) lasted seven innings in Thursday’s 8-7 defeat for Seattle to the Boston Red Sox, falling short of collecting as a minus 103 road choice. The Venezuela native allowed one run on six hits, while tossing eight strikeouts.
Seattle’s Henry Blanco cracked a grand slam in the fifth inning, giving his club a 7-1 lead. Mariners relievers Tom Wilhelmsen, Oliver Perez and Yoervis Medina united to give up six late runs, costing Hernandez a winning decision.
Johnson lit up in Anaheim
Josh Johnson (1-8, 6.60 ERA) logged a sixth straight loss on the same night, with Toronto’s 8-2 road defeat at minus 103 MLB odds to the Los Angeles Angels. The 29-year-old was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits, departing after 2 1/3 innings.
Toronto’s Maicer Izturis and J.P. Arencibia were both held to 0-for-3 nights, while Arencibia recorded one of his side’s two errors. Blue Jays mates Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus had warmer bats, uniting to hit 4-for-7, while the duel’s combined 10 runs jumped ‘Over’ the ‘total’ of eight
Back the ‘Under’ in Seattle
Early MLB betting odds opened Hernandez as a 184 home favorite, while early wagers on Toronto dropping the MLB odds to minus 177. The ‘total’ was first set at 7.5 with a minus 125 tag added to the ‘Under’.
I am backing the ‘Under’ here as part of Tuesday’s sports picks, looking for another close contest in this set.
Hernandez has been stingy at home, holding visiting lineups to a 1.05 WHIP and .269 OBP. “King Felix” has seen the ‘Under’ cash at 6-3-1 in his 10 starts at Safeco Field, while tossing eight shutout frames in May’s most recent road affair with the Blue Jays.
Johnson has had a string of loose starts, but may finally be in a spot to settle down here. The ninth-year hurler has held his own against Seattle’s key lumber, including Mariners slugger Raul Ibanez managing just one extra-base hit in 17 career at-bat’s.
The ‘Under’ is 6-2 in Seattle’s last eight home contests when facing right-handed starters, while going 5-2 in the team’s last seven dates at Safeco Field against clubs with losing records. Umpire Quinn Walcott has seen the ‘Under’ cash at 2-1 in his last three called games, including a recent 4-0 defeat for Seattle against the Minnesota Twins.
For your MLB picks today, look for the ‘Under’ to get the money again here, adding another cashed ticket to the wager’s 4-3 mark in the last seven meetings between these foes.