Cito Gaston has a plan to get to .500 before the all-star break. Why not just do it now with a sweep of the last place Mariners?
They should be able to get to a good start today consider former Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay (8-6) is taking on R.A. Dickey (2-3), a pitcher who has spent most of the year in the bullpen.
Roy Halladay has also pitched better on the road (4-4, 2.75 ERA) then at home (4-2, 3.59 ERA) and he will be looking to bounce back after a lack luster performance in his last start. Meanwhile, R.A. Dickey has struggled mightily at home (0-2, 6.23 ERA).
In his career against Seattle, Halladay is 4-4 with a 3.00 ERA over 72 innings. Dickey has pitched two scoreless innings in his career against the Blue Jays.
Also, Blue Jay hitters have fared extremely well against Dickey throughout his career. Players such as David Eckstein (.400 in 15 AB's), Vernon Wells (.571 in 7 AB's) and Matt Stairs (.400 in 5 AB's) all know what to look for when he is pitching.
Unfortunately for Halladay, Seattle hitters have also hit him well. Players such as Ichiro Suzuki (.316 in 19 AB's), Adrian Beltre (.308 in 13 AB's), Yuniesky Betancourt (.333 in 12 AB's) and Kenji Johjima (.417 in 12 AB's) do not fear him when they step in to take their cuts.
This should be a close game but if the Jays win, they are well on their way to being at .500 as this series closes. The Game Two match up will be a tough one to win (Jesse Litsch vs. Felix Hernandez) but if they can win that match up then Game Three should be the game where they reach .500 (Dustin McGowan vs. Jarrod Washburn).