Aaron Nola (3-1, 4.25 ERA) and R.A. Dickey (7-10, 3.96 ERA) start in the first of a two-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (46-72) and the Toronto Blue Jays (65-54) at Citizens Bank Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and can be seen on CSPh and RSN.
Nola pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking one in a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks. Ryan Howard (.235, 42 Rs, 19 HRs, 65 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Sunday. Dickey went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 10-3 win over the Athletics in his most recent start. Josh Donaldson (.292, 86 Rs, 31 HRs, 87 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Philadelphia and Toronto are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. In interleague play, the Phillies have a 7-8 record SU. Philadelphia's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.4 per game. Philadelphia's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.3 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.0.
Toronto is 9-6 SU against interleague opponents. Offensively, they average 5.2 runs per game, which is tops in the AL. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with 3.3 per game, ranking second in the AL. The Blue Jays allow 4.1 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.0 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Blue Jays have the second-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The Phillies have a 36-57 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Dickey takes the mound. Nola (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 50-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor
For the 18th time this season, the Phillies registered at least two errors in a game.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Blue Jays have a 20-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 10-43. The Phillies have a 16-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 85 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 158.
Both Philadelphia and Toronto are tied at sixth in hits, notching 8.64 per game.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Toronto has an OPS of .773 this season. Philadelphia ranks 26th with an OPS of .681.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 36-39. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 21-51 record.