Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/20/20 MLB Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Philadelphia Phillies (9-10) at Toronto Blue Jays (10-11)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 4:05 pm (Sahlen Field)
Aaron Nola (2-1) (2.05) vs. Trent Thornton
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays / Philadelphia Phillies --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays meet Thursday in game two of an MLB doubleheader at Sahlen Field.
The Philadelphia Phillies look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Phillies have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Phillies have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Bryce Harper leads the Phillies with 22 hits and 15 RBI while Didi Gregorius and J.T. Realmuto have combined for 39 hits and 34 RBI. Aaron Nola gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Nola is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for a win after winning four of their last six games. The Blue Jays have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Blue Jays are 8-4 this season when scoring four or more runs. Teoscar Hernandez leads the Blue Jays with 23 hits and 14 RBI while Bo Bichette and Randal Grichuk have combined for 44 hits and 28 RBI. Trent Thornton gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and three strikeouts this season. This will be Thornton’s first career game against the Phillies.
Will update with trends once they're released.
Aaron Nola has been absolute money this month, allowing two runs and eight hits in his last 21 innings, which comes out to a 0.86 ERA. Trent Thornton has just four innings under his belt this season where he allowed eight hits and one run against the Washington Nationals. Thornton hasn't pitched in about three weeks, so it's hard to know what you're going to get from him with the long layoff and the small sample size. The Toronto Blue Jays have played well this week, but it's the visiting squad that has a clear edge on the mound and a pitcher who has been lights out as of late.
I'll back the Phillies with their ace on the hill, and I'll take the RL for added value.