Taijuan Walker, 3-3, 3.05 ERA, will get the start for the Blue Jays. The Phillies have not announced their starter for the game.
**This preview was written before Saturday’s game was played**
Blue Jays Trying To Snap Losing StreakThe Blue Jays had a rough week, losing five of their last seven games. Despite their slump, they are still in the eighth and final playoff spot in the American League and will try to hold on to their playoff spot with a win over the Phillies.
Toronto has played well offensively this season. The team’s .253 batting average is 12th in the league. Their .325 on base percentage is 14th, while the 245 runs they have scored is 11th in the league.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. leads the Blue Jays with a .307 batting average and 29 RBI, while Teoscar Hernandez leads the team with 15 home runs.
Toronto’s pitching hasn’t been as good as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .257 batting average against the Blue Jays, which is 24th in the league. Their 1.48 WHIP is 27th, while their 4.74 ERA is 17th in the league.
In his last start, Walker gave up six hits and seven runs in 1.2 innings, leading to a 20-6 loss to the New York Yankees. They will need him to bounce back with a better performance if they want to beat the Phillies.
Phillies Trying To Keep Playoff Hopes AliveThe Phillies bounced back from a slow start to the season and have worked their way into the playoff picture, sitting at number seven in the NL playoff standings. They are also four games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and will try to stay in the division title race with a win over the Blue Jays.
Philadelphia is one of the best offensive teams in the league. Their .258 batting average is eighth in the league. Their .344 on base percentage is third, while the 272 runs they have scored is fourth in the league.
Didi Gregorius leads the Phillies with a .296 batting average and 34 RBI, while Bryce Harper leads the team with 11 home runs.
Philadelphia’s pitching ranks near the bottom of the league. Opponents have a .287 batting average against the Phillies, which is 30th in the league. Their 1.51 WHIP is 28th, while their 5.21 ERA is 25th in the league.
They will need to do a better job on the mound if they want to win this game.
- 3-2 in their last 5 overall.
- 5-0 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series.
- 0-5 in their last 5 overall.
- 0-4 in their last 4 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Blue Jays haven’t pitched well in recent games, giving up 58 runs in their last five games. Their struggles will continue in this game because the Phillies have played well offensively in recent games, scoring 21 runs in their last three games and are facing a pitcher that hasn’t played well on the road, giving up 15 runs in his last four road starts.
Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies
Full-Game Total Pick
The Phillies have played well offensively in recent games, averaging seven runs per game in their last three games. They have scored 15 runs in their last two games against the Blue Jays and will score a lot of runs against Walker, who is giving up 3.75 runs per game on the road this season. The Blue Jays are averaging 4.66 runs per game in their last three games and should be able to hit their average against the Phillies, who are giving up 5.66 runs per game in their last three games.
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Phillies will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Blue Jays in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 5.67 runs per game, while the Blue Jays average 3.33 runs per game.
Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies
First Five Innings Total Bet
The Blue Jays and Phillies are averaging nine combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and will go over the first five inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.