Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 6/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (35-31) at Philadelphia Phillies (30-34)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
M Estrada (4-2) (2.57) vs. J Hellickson (4-4) (4.34)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +138 / Toronto Blue Jays -148 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSPh, RSN
On Wednesday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies will be continuing their home-and-home series at Citizens Bank Park.
This will be the third game of the set. In Monday’s opener, the Phillies notched a commanding 7-0 shutout victory. In Tuesday’s matchup, the Blue Jays returned the favor with a dominant 11-3 win.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Blue Jays will be bringing out right-hander Marco Estrada. Over his 12 games and 4-2 record this season, Estrada has produced a smooth 2.57 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP in 80.2 innings of work. On Friday in his last appearance, Estrada allowed three runs in six innings with eight strikeouts and four walks against the Orioles.
The Toronto lineup is quite electric, if a bit unpredictable lately. Michael Saunders holds 66 hits with 32 runs, 11 homers and 23 RBI. Kevin Pillar has 66 hits to his credit alongside 28 runs and 24 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has hit 16 home runs with a team-high 56 RBI, 63 hits and 33 runs. Josh Donaldson slapped a grand slam for his 15th homer in Tuesday’s game.
Over on the Phillies’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on the mound. In his 13 starts with his 4-4 record this year, Hellickson holds a 4.34 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 74.2 innings. On Friday against the Nationals, Hellickson put up a whopping seven runs on nine hits in six innings for a loss.
The Philadelphia hitters are a pretty well-rounded group, and can put up some big runs if they get going. Odubel Herrera is way out front on 71 hits with 35 runs and 22 RBI. Maikel Franco has hit safely 57 times with 11 homers and 33 RBI. Franco is currently day-to-day with a knee sprain, though. Freddy Galvis has 53 hits to his credit with 24 runs and 23 RBI.
The Blue Jays are 4-0 in their last four game threes of a series, and 4-1 in their last five interleague road games. Toronto is also 6-1 in Estrada’s last seven starts against a team with a losing record, and 5-0 in Estrada’s last five starts overall.
As for the Phillies, they’re 4-0 in their last four interleague home games, and 3-7 in their last 10 home games overall. Philadelphia is also 0-5 in their last five game threes of a series and 0-4 in Hellickson’s last four starts.
I like the way Estrada has been pitching, and I can’t trust Hellickson for much right now. I’ll take the Blue Jays here.