R.A. Dickey (4-6, 4.15 ERA) and Jerad Eickhoff (3-8, 3.68 ERA) start in the first of a two-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (35-30) and the Philadelphia Phillies (29-34) at the Rogers Centre. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 13 and can be seen on CSPh and RSN.
Dickey pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking one in a 7-2 win over the Tigers. Michael Saunders (.311, 32 Rs, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run. Eickhoff went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 3-2 win over the Cubs in his most recent start. Maikel Franco (.252, 19 Rs, 11 HRs, 33 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Blue Jays are a -200 favorite against the Phillies with a total of 9.
Pick - Tor
The Phillies lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Blue Jays are 8-12. The Phillies are 15-6 in close games this season.
The Blue Jays are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Phillies have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Blue Jays have won their last three games while the Phillies have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 26-7. The Phillies have an 18-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 202 this season. Toronto ranks 12th with 285 runs.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.651). Toronto ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .741.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 10-28. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 20-20 record.