Toronto Blue Jays (24-28) at Philadelphia Phillies (29-20)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 27, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -105 / Toronto Blue Jays -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in the rubber match of their three game interleague set from Citizens’ Bank Park in MLB action on Sunday.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 2-1 on Saturday. Russell Martin accounted for the lone Toronto run in the losing effort while Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar each added base hits of their own in the losing effort as Toronto put up three hits as a team in the loss. Jaime Garcia gave up one run on five hits while striking out five over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Joe Biagini took the loss to fall to 0-4 this season after giving up the game-winning run in the 8th inning. J.A. Happ will start game three and is 6-3 with a 3.97 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to build some momentum and win the series after a victory in game two on Saturday, alternating wins and losses in each of their last nine games. Maikel Franco and Nick Williams each had a solo home run to round out the offense for the Phillies in the win. Scott Kingery went 2 for 3 while Rhys Hoskins added a base hit of his own in the winning effort for the Phils. Aaron Nola gave up one run on one hit while striking out ten over 6.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Seranthony Dominguez got the win while Luis Garcia picked up the save. Nick Pivetta will start game three and is 4-2 with a 3.23 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. This will be Pivetta’s first career start against Toronto.
Toronto is 7-2 in Happ’s last 9 starts and 3-7 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1-2 in their last 8 road games. Philadelphia is 14-3 in Pivetta’s last 17 starts and 22-9 in their last 31 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starter. Toronto is 14-4 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams and 11-2 in the last 13 meetings between the two in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia has been the better team overall this season, battling for the early lead in the NL East and part of it has been because of Pivetta, who has given up one run in his last three starts covering 17 innings. However, Toronto has been very good with Happ on the mound, who appears to be finding some of his 2016 form, a season in which he won 20 games. The Blue Jays have won seven of his last nine starts and Happ does own a perfect record with an ERA just over one against his former team, so I’ll take a shot with Toronto to win the series on Sunday.