The Phillies (65-55, 31-31 away) and Blue Jays (67-54, 32-26 home) square off in two of this interleague series. Kevin Gausman will take the mound for the Blue Jays against Aaron Nola for the Phillies. See who I like to come out on top in this Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays showdown in Toronto.
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -152
This game will be played at Rogers Centre at 7:07 ET on Wednesday, August 16th.
WHY BET THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS:
- The Phillies have gone just 2-3 in their last five games.
- Toronto is taking on the Phillies at the right time, as the Phillies have dropped three straight games.
- Aaron Nola has given up five home runs across his last four starts.
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES STRUGGLING VS RUNLINE OF LATE
Philadelphia comes into the game with an above .500 series record on the road at 9-8. Currently, the Phillies are 2nd in the NL East with an overall record of 65-55. Against the runline, they are 51-69 and have an over/under mark of 50-61. On the road, Philadelphia has a runline record of 28-34.
Aaron Nola is making his 25th start of the season with a 9-8 record. His ERA stands at 4.49, while teams are batting .232 against him. On the road, Nola has gone 5-5 with a 5.61 ERA, and at home he is 4-3 with an ERA of 3.70. Opponents have a slugging percentage of .420 against him for the season so far.
Aaron Nola’s most recent start against the Nationals resulted in one run allowed on five hits over five innings. Despite not receiving the win or loss, his Phillies came out on top with a 6-2 victory.
Having gone deep 3 times in their last five games, the Phillies are 8th in that span. At 4.6 runs per game, Philadelphia is 13th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .255 while hitting a total of 137 home runs (15th).
Nick Castellanos has been a key contributor to the Phillies’ offensive success this season, with 4 home runs in their last ten games and a total of 20 on the year. His batting average stands at an impressive .277.
WILL THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
121 games into the season, the Blue Jays have a record of 67-54, putting them 3rd in the AL East. This mark includes an overall series 22-15-1. At home, they are 32-26 compared to 35-28 on the road.
Kevin Gausman has had a successful season thus far, boasting 23 appearances and a 9-6 record. His ERA stands at 3.04, while his WHIP is 1.14. Gausman has been particularly impressive on the mound, striking out 183 batters in total and averaging 11.85 strikeouts per nine innings. When looking at his performance at home and away, Gausman’s road record is 6-4 with an ERA of 4.32, and 3-2 with an ERA of 3.08 when playing at home.
Kevin Gausman earned the victory in his most recent start, surrendering no earned runs and four hits over seven innings against the Guardians. The Blue Jays emerged victorious with a 1-0 scoreline.
The Blue Jays’ offense comes into today’s game with a collective batting average of .260 and are averaging 4.5 runs per game for the season. Looking at their ten most recent games, Toronto has gone deep seven times, which is ranked 11th in that time. To date, the team’s OPS is .746 to go along with an on base percentage of .331.
Whit Merrifield has been a consistent force for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, boasting a .304 batting average and .432 slugging percentage. In the team’s last ten games, Merrifield has been even more impressive, leading the Jays in hits with a .335 average.