Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 6/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (37-31) at Philadelphia Phillies (30-36)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
J Happ (7-3) (3.70) vs. Aaron Nola (5-5) (3.20)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +133 / Toronto Blue Jays -143 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays look to win the series with the Philadelphia Phillies as the sides meet up again at Citizen’s Bank park on Thursday.
The Blue Jays dropped the first game of this series to the tune of a 7-0 thrashing in which RA Dickey took the loss but they have responded in a big way in each of the last two outings and will be out to win the series with another big outing on Thursday. Toronto will send JA Happ to the mound who looks to get back on track against the light hitting Phillies but he will be matched up with Aaron Nola who has looked very good to start the season and is perhaps the best shot for the Phillies to split the series. Toronto’s offense is torrid right now and looking like the team that led the league in runs scored last season and if they can continue playing well they should be right in the mix for the AL East division crown once again.
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The Phillies meanwhile have surprised a lot of people this season but have cooled off substantially of late and will look to regain that early season form behind a big outing from Nola. Philadelphia sits in a tough NL East division and will have to battle the Marlins, Mets, and Nationals if they’re going to sneak into the playoffs and while many are giving them no shot at doing so they can take advantage of a Mets side that has been sliding of late and perhaps overtake them for the second spot in the division. Philly has been playing well in interleague games of late and while they were pounded in each of the last two they do have a good shot here, especially if the Jays bats cool off.
Toronto is 4-1 in their last five overall, 3-9 in Happ’s last 12 road starts, and 5-1 in their last six against a team with a losing record while the Phils are 6-2 in their last eight home games against a lefty, 8-20 in their last 28 overall, and 2-5 in Nola’s last seven home starts. While Nola has had a pretty solid start to the season I think the Jays are rolling too fast right now and will be too hard to slow down as Toronto gets another big win.