Philadelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays 8-16-2023

Philadelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays 8/16/2023 Predictions, Picks and Odds

Philadelphia Phillies (65-54) vs Toronto Blue Jays (66-54)

Philadelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays 8/16/2023 – With a month and a half left in the regular season, the Phillies are in first place in the National League Wildcard rankings. The team ended its most recent homestand with a 4-3 record but suffered three straight losses, including two consecutive, to the Twins, currently in first place in the AL Central. The Phillies were held in check by the Blue Jays’ bullpen throughout the game’s last three innings as they lost the series opener on Tuesday night in Toronto, 2-1, in a pitcher’s duel. In seven innings of work, Zack Wheeler gave up just three hits and one run while earning a no-decision.

 

The Blue Jays had numerous chances this season to separate themselves from the other wildcard contenders, but their own consistency ultimately cost them. Toronto entered this series having dropped three of their previous four matches. With a victory on Sunday, they were able to salvage a victory in their weekend series at home against the Cubs. Prior to facing the Phillies on Tuesday, the worn-out Blue Jays gratefully accepted the day off on Monday. Yusei Kikuchi pitched six innings and gave up just one run in game one of the series, which the Blue Jays won 2-1 behind three scoreless innings. For well-informed betting decisions, explore free expert baseball picks today.

Phillies vs. Blue Jays Game Info

When: Wednesday, August 16, 2023 7:07 PM ET.
Where: Rogers Centre, CAN
TV: Sportsnet
Stream: MLB.TV

Aaron Nola (9-8, ERA: 4.49) vs Kevin Gausman (9-6, ERA: 3.04)

In the series finale on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays, the Phillies will start right-hander Aaron Nola. In 24 starts this year, Nola is 9-8, with 11 of those starts being strong. His ERA is 4.49 after 148.1 innings pitched and 134 hits allowed. Nola has a 9.3 K/9 rate and a 1.14 WHIP. Nola made five starts in his last, going 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA. In 29.1 innings over that time, he allowed 32 hits while fanning 33 hitters. Nola faced the Blue Jays only once this season, winning that game after pitching six innings, allowing five hits, and striking out six.

 

In the series finale, Kevin Gausman, Toronto’s ace, will face the Phillies. In 23 starts this season, Gausman is 9-6, including a team-best 16 solid starts. He tossed 139 innings and allowed 124 hits with an ERA of 3.04. Gausman has a fantastic K/9 rate of 11.8 and a 1.14 WHIP. In his previous five starts, Gausman made five starts and had a 3.07 ERA. In 29.1 innings pitched, he gave up 27 hits while fanning 37 hitters. Gausman did not have a role in the decision following six innings of work, three hits, no runs, and nine strikeouts against the Phillies in his lone start this season.

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Toronto Blue Jays -148, Total Odds: 8

It’s a great pitching showdown between two clubs fighting for postseason positions. The more reliable pitcher, Gausman, gives the Blue Jays the advantage in this game. While Gausman was effective all year, this campaign saw him excel at home, where he had eight quality starts out of 11 and an ERA of 2.76.

 

He was also superb with just three hits allowed in six innings of scoreless work against the Phillies earlier this season. Nola was not as dominant as in 2022, and in his last five starts, his ERA was near five. In this clash between two evenly matched teams, lean for the pitcher on a roll.

 

Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends

The total went UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 matches. The Philadelphia Phillies are 3-6 SU in their last 9 matches against Toronto. The total went UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 matches on the road. The Philadelphia Phillies are 0-5 SU in their last 5 matches when playing on the road against Toronto.

 

Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends

The total went UNDER in 15 of Toronto’s last 19 matches. The total went UNDER in 8 of Toronto’s last 12 matches against Philadelphia. The total went UNDER in 10 of Toronto’s last 13 matches at home. The Toronto Blue Jays are 5-0 SU in their last 5 matches when playing at home against Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays 8/16/2023 Betting Picks

Toronto will win at home on Wednesday, but the UNDER is the play. Philadelphia’s last seven games against opponents from the American League East have all gone UNDER, as have 14 of Toronto’s last 18 games. Last time out, Toronto starter Kevin Gausman allowed no runs on four hits over seven innings, while Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola allowed only one run over five innings. For expert insights and predictions, explore premium sports picks today.

Free Pick and Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays will win 4-2

 

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