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Who are starting pitchers for Blue Jays vs. Mariners in Wild Card round of 2022 MLB playoffs?

We break down the pitching matchups for Toronto vs. Seattle in the first round of the postseason.

Alek Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays looks to receive the ball back during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 24, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Some outstanding starting pitchers are set to match up in the American League Wild Card Series between the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. Before Game 1 begins on Friday at 4:07 p.m. ET, let’s take a look at the probable pitchers for each club.

Blue Jays starting pitchers

Game 1: Alek Manoah
Game 2: TBD
Game 3: TBD

Although Manoah is the only starter the Blue Jays have officially announced, it appears likely that Kevin Gausman and Ross Stripling will be set to toe the rubber. The Jays are just waiting to make sure that Gausman’s right middle finger is good to go. The righty left his most recent start early with a cut on that digit. Stripling may be a surprising option to some, considering that Toronto also has Jose Berrios in its rotation. But while Berrios has underwhelmed basically all year long, Stripling owns a 2.64 ERA over his past 19 starts.

Mariners starting pitchers

Game 1: Luis Castillo
Game 2: Robbie Ray
Game 3: Logan Gilbert

Seattle boasts an impressive trio of arms, although only Castillo has ever made a postseason start. He has a 2.99 ERA and 167 strikeouts across 150.1 innings this year. Ray hasn’t been as good this season compared to his 2021 Cy Young Award-winning campaign with Toronto last year, but he still ranks seventh in baseball with 212 K’s, and he limited the Jays to only one run over six innings in a Mariners victory back in July.