The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are locked in a race for a wild-card spot in the American League. The Blue Jays won the first game of a three game set 3-2 Monday night and will finish off the series in Seattle on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays will send out Aaron Sanchez on Wednesday. Sanchez hasn’t pitched since September 11 because management is monitoring his innings. Meanwhile, the Mariners will counter with Felix Hernandez. Both pitchers struggled in their last outing, giving up a combined 12 runs. The Blue Jays and Mariners will need their pitchers to step up on Wednesday. Toronto could have the edge because Sanchez has been excellent on the road in 2015 (8-1), and Hernandez has struggled at home.
For the Wednesday closer, the Blue Jays will go with Aaron Sanchez (13-2, 3.17 ERA), who was knocked for six runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in an 8-11 home loss to the Boston Red Sox. In an attempt to monitor his innings, management held Sanchez out from his next start. The 24-year-old All-Star might get back on track on the road. Away from home, Sanchez is 8-1 in 15 starts this season with an ERA of 2.62.
Felix Hernandez (11-6, 3.79 ERA) was roughed up for six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings in a 0-6 home loss to Houston in his last start. The 30-year-old former Cy Young winner has now allowed five runs or more in three of his last four starts. Hernandez is 5-3 in 11 home starts with an ERA of 4.10.