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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Phillies (69-60) at Toronto Blue Jays (60-69)
Date & Time Sunday August 26, 2018, 1:07 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +105 / Philadelphia Phillies -115 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
NSPA
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MLB | Philadelphia Phillies (69-60) at Toronto Blue Jays (60-69)
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The Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays meet Sunday in MLB action at the Rogers Centre.

The Philadelphia Phillies could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Phillies have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost six straight games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Cesar Hernandez leads the Phillies with 127 hits and 40 RBI while Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco have combined for 237 hits and 128 RBI. Vince Velasquez gets the ball, and he is 8-9 with a 4.06 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. This will be Velasquez’s first career game against the Blue Jays.

The Toronto Blue Jays look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Blue Jays have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 107 hits and 61 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Yangervis Solarte have combined for 207 hits and 102 RBI. Marco Estrada gets the ball, and he is 7-9 with a 4.88 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. Estrada is 2-1 with a 5.45 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 2-6 in their last 8 Sunday games, 5-16 in Velasquezs last 21 starts with 4 days of rest and 0-6 in Velasquezs last 6 road starts. The Blue Jays are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 8-2 in their last 10 interleague home games and 8-3 in their last 11 interleague games. The Phillies are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Toronto, 5-16 in the last 21 meetings and the over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

The Philadelphia Phillies can't continue to lose if they hope to remain in the playoff race, and these honestly aren't games they should be losing. Velasquez has been really solid this season, allowing three or less runs in nine of his last 10 games, and he's been much better on the road where he has an ERA under three. Estrada has allowed three or more runs in five of his last seven starts and has an ERA of 4.91 at home this season. Phillies need this game badly. I'll take them and the cheap price.

Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies -115

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