The Jays will go for their first series win of September when JA Happ (4.02 FIP) takes the mound in search of his 20th win of the season. He won his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, pitching six innings and giving up just one earned run on three hits to improve to 19-4 on the season. Happ would become the second 20-game winner in the MLB this season, trailing Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox.
To be successful, the Blue Jays will have to put up some runs against Hisashi Iwakuma (4.30 FIP). Iwakuma (16-11), who pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, has arguably been Seattle’s best pitcher in 2016. He leads all Mariners starters in wins (16), innings pitched (186) and strikeouts (132). He last pitched against Toronto on July 23, where he went six innings, and gave up only two earned runs on four hits in a win at the Rogers Centre. With Felix Hernandez underperforming so far this season, Iwakuma may pose the greatest threat for the Jays while in Seattle.
MLB Odds: Happ goes for 20th win Versus Mariners
JA Happ (4.02 FIP) looks to continue his career year on Tuesday, as the Toronto Blue Jays (82-68) look for a second win in Game 2 of three against the Seattle Mariners (79-71). The former Mariner will be gunning for his 20th win of the season, and will try to hold down Robinson Canó and the Seattle Mariners’ offense.
The Jays bats will need to find their stroke against starter Hisashi Iwakuma (4.30 FIP) if they hope to put themselves in a position to sweep Seattle on Wednesday against Felix Hernandez. Sportsnet has the coverage beginning at 10:10 PM ET.