Maybe heading North of the border (even though Toronto is further south than Seattle) will help the Mariners get back into the winning way of things. They've had plenty of opportunities lately, but just haven't been able to capitalize regardless of the type of opportunity they've seen. Whether it's an early lead, runners in scoring position with less than two outs, or a gem from a starting pitcher, they've let them all slide by.
It's not going to be easy against Toronto, either. I know you hear that pros take each game one at a time, but there is no way they haven't been looking ahead to this one. Seattle and Toronto have an interesting history between the two teams, as there are a ton of Blue Jays fans in the Northwest Washington Area... but there are also a lot of Mariners fans in lower BC.
Seattle Mariners Probable Pitchers & Starting Lineup vs Toronto Blue Jays, 4/28
The series is set to kick off Friday afternoon at 4:07 PM PT. Let's check out the information surrounding the first game of the three game series.
Mariners vs Blue Jays: Probable Starting Pitchers
IT'S A REMATCH! We've got Luis Castillo vs Alek Manoah to open it up. Honestly, is there anything more you could hope for right there? That's exactly what fans should want to see, with each teams top pitcher going up against the other. The Mariners got the upper hand last year in the playoffs, but each pitcher is capable of firing off an insane game.
Castillo got hit around a bit in his last start, for the first time all season, and didn't look sharp at all. Can he rebound? Manoah has been all over the place. Two GREAT starts, a meh start, a bad start, and an awful start. Are we going to see the guy who has twice gone seven scoreless innings? Or we see the guy who has 12.1 IP, given up 22 hits, 11 BB, and 15 ER over those 3 bad starts? I know what one we are all hoping for.
Seattle Mariners Starting Lineup
This is a new look. Suarez gets the day off at third, but still gets ABs as the DH. They move Jose Caballero over there, so we see the bottom go Crawford at SS, Caballero, and Wong at 2B. Kelenic remains in the 3-spot, and if he can continue to provide even 80% of what he was doing out of the 6-spot, that is going to be massive for the top of this lineup.
Which traded player will reign supreme?
Teoscar Hernandez and Erik Swanson were traded for eachother during the offseason. Yes, I know that Adam Macko was involved, but he isn't going to be a part of the MLB roster any time soon. Swanson has been doing quite well for the Jays since the trade, but the same can be said about Teoscar since the Mariners got him.
I think the hope is to see a matchup between them at least once this series. It's just extra cannon fodder for the pundits to talk about who won the trade, and honestly, it's fun. A Swanson/Two matchup at least once is the hope, and the respective fanbase is going to go bananas if something big happens.
How do I watch and listen to the Seattle Mariners game?
You can catch all the Mariners games on Root Sports, while listening to them on ESPN 710. They're also available on the MLB.TV app for those that are subscribed, as well as FuboTV. However you can manage, make sure to tune in and watch the opening game for the Mariners against the Blue Jays in the rematch of last year's American League Wild Card Series.