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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 5/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays (23-27) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-19)
Date & Time Saturday May 26, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -181 / Toronto Blue Jays +171 --- Over/Under: 8
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MLB | Toronto Blue Jays (23-27) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-19)
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Coming up from Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies will be continuing their MLB series. 

In the Friday game, the Jays eked out a 6-5 victory with three runs in the first and fifth innings. 

For Saturday’s matchup, the Jays will be bringing out lefty Jaime Garcia for the start. Over his 38.2 innings and 2-3 record this year, Garcia has a 6.28 ERA with 38 Ks and 21 BBs. 

The Jays’ top hitter coming into this set was Kevin Pillar with 52 hits, 26 runs and 20 RBI. On Saturday, Pillar had a hit and an RBI. 

Over on the Phillies’ side, they’re going with Aaron Nola on Saturday. Across 64.2 innings and a 6-2 record this year, Nola has a 2.37 ERA with 57 Ks and 14 BBs. 

Entering this set, Odubel Herrera brought 59 hits, 24 runs, seven homers and 30 RBI for Philly. In the opener, Herrera had had hit and a run. 

The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last seven during game two of a series and 0-6 in their last six Saturday games. The under is 4-1-1 in Toronto’s last six in game two of a series and 26-7-5 in their last 38 Saturday games. 

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games and 9-4 in their last 13 in game two of a series. Philly is 5-1 in Nola’s last six starts and 13-3 in his last 16 home starts. 

Garcia has been pretty sketchy lately. If you throw out the Seattle game, he’s got 12 earned on 13 hits over 7.0 innings. As for Nola, he had a nice run of five straight quality starts going before allowing four earned in 6.0 innings in St. Louis. Still, I think Nola can bounce back here so I’ll take the Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies -181

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