Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (65-54) at Philadelphia Phillies (46-72)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
R Dickey (7-10) (3.96) vs. A Nola (3-1) (4.25)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +180 / Toronto Blue Jays -190 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays face off on Tuesday in Philadelphia for game one of their MLB series.
The Philadelphia Phillies have he worst overall record in baseball and they have los their last three games. The Phillies are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 27-29 at home, and they are 17 games back in the National League East. As a team the Phillies are hitting .252 with Odubel Herrera hitting .288, Andres Blanco hitting .284, and Freddy Galvis hitting .269. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.70 with the starters at 5.40 and the bullpen at 3.52. For game one against the Blue Jays the Phillies start Aaron Nola who has allowed 30 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 23 over 29.2 innings for a 3-1 record and a 4.25 ERA.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are still battling it out on the top of he American League East with the Yankees and currently they trail by a game. The Blue Jays are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 25-31 on the road, and they are the top Wildcard team in the AL. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .261 with Josh Donaldson hitting .292, Kevin Pillar hitting .259, and Edwin Encarnacion hitting .255. The Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.76 with the starters at 4.03 and the bullpen at 3.20. For game one against the Phillies the Blue Jays start R.A. Dickey who has allowed 142 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 97 over 157 innings for a 7-10 record and a 3.96 ERA.
Philadelphia is 4-1 following an off day, 9-4 in their last 13 home games, and 4-0 in Nola’s last four starts. Toronto is 6-1 following an off day, 19-7 in their last 26 games, and 3-9 in Dickey’s last 12 road starts. Toronto has won their last seven games in Philadelphia.
The way both of these teams are swinging the bat it is just tough to stay away from the over no matter who is pitching so over 8.0 is my free pick.