Philadelphia Phillies (65-55) at Toronto Blue Jays (67-54)
Game Info: Wednesday, August 16th, 2023 at 7:07 p.m. EST (Rogers Centre)
Betting Odds: Blue Jays ML (-150) - Over/Under (8)
Pick: Blue Jays ML (-150)
Wednesday evening takes us up north, across the border in Canada. It’ll be a rematch of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays. Both of these teams are heavily involved in the wildcard race in their respective leagues and both of them will be looking for a huge victory here on Wednesday evening in this series. Both of these teams were also considered large favorites to make an appearance in the World Series this season so this could be a potential preview of the fall classic as well.
Philadelphia comes into the finale of this quick two game series looking to bounce back after losing to Toronto in the opening game of the series on Tuesday night. Overall on the season, Philadelphia has picked up two victories in three games against the Toronto Blue Jays and they will be looking to make it three out of four games and win the season series with another victory here on Wednesday night. Philadelphia will be looking to be more productive at the plate after they only managed to score a single run in the opening game of this quick series. Both of the last two games in the series have finished with a combined total of three runs in the final score being too runs for the winning team, and two for the losing team.
Aaron Nola will take the baseball for the finale of this series between the Blue Jays and the Phillies and he will be looking to pick up his 10th victory of the season. He has been very dependable when he takes the mound this season in Philadelphia can always count on him to go out there and rack up some strikeouts, as well as eat up innings. Philadelphia comes into the second game of this series with a record of 65-55 through the first 120 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season. Philadelphia will be looking to snap their three game losing streak in this game and put some more distance between them and San Francisco for the top spot in the National League wildcard race.
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The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to capitalize off of the momentum from their victory in the opening game of the series on Tuesday night and pick up a second consecutive victory over Philadelphia here on Wednesday. A victory for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday would also secure a split of this four-game season series with the Philadelphia Phillies as well and give them a two game series sweep over Philadelphia in this series. Much like Philadelphia, Toronto will also be looking to be more productive at the plate in this game after only scoring a pair of runs in Tuesday night's victory and it’ll certainly take a lot more than that against the Phillies offense that should be a lot better in the second game of the series as well.
Kevin Gausman will get the baseball in the second game of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday evening. He has been racking up strikeouts at an impressive rate this season, as the average is nearly 10 strikeouts per appearance on the year. He will be looking to strike out a bunch of the hitters in this Philadelphia lineup and help lead Toronto to a much-needed victory here in the second game of this quick two game series. He will be looking to pick up his 10th victory of the season and help lead Toronto to another win. Toronto comes into the second game of this series with a record of 67-54 through the first 121 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Toronto is 37-29 after a win this season
- Toronto is 26-24 as a home favorite this season
- Philadelphia is 10-18 as a road underdog this season
I have the Toronto Blue Jays picking up their second consecutive victory of this series here on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. As I look for Kevin Gausman to outpitch Aaron Nola and for Toronto to ride Gausmans incredible performance to a victory to officially sweep the Philadelphia Phillies.
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