The Toronto Blue Jays (84-64) are at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday to take on the Philadelphia Phillies (80-67) in the second meeting of a two-game set. The Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last seven contests while the Phillies will look to snap a five-game losing skid. Find out if Philadelphia can get back into the win column in our Blue Jays vs Phillies prediction.
Blue Jays vs Phillies Opening Odds
The Blue Jays opened as the slight favorite at -120 on the moneyline with the Phillies coming in at -111 at home. The total was set at 8 runs with the OVER going 4-1 in Toronto’s last five games. Toronto has won five straight meetings against Philadelphia – a good reason to take the visitors in your Blue Jays vs Phillies prediction.
Zack Wheeler (11-7) last pitched on August 20, taking a loss after giving up five hits and four earned runs over 5.1 innings against the New York Mets. Wheeler, who missed five starts with right elbow inflammation, has a 3.07 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 138 innings.
Kevin Gausman (12-10) had a rocky start last time out, surrendering six hits and five earned runs over seven innings of work against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 15. The Blue Jays starter owns a 3.45 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 159.1 innings.
Chapman Stays Hot As Blue Jays Run Up The Score
The Blue Jays took the series opener 18-11 in a wild high-scoring affair. Matt Chapman, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Raimel Tapia all had three RBIs, with Chapman and Bradley both going yard.
Chapman has been a standout performer for the Blue Jays over the past week, leading the club with three home runs and seven RBIs in his last four outings. The third baseman has helped Toronto take the lead in the AL wild-card race as the Blue Jays sit two games up on Tampa Bay with just 14 games remaining on the schedule.
Phillies Get Blown Out, Lose Fifth Straight
The struggles continued for the Phillies on Tuesday as they suffered their fifth straight loss, this time in blowout fashion as starter Kyle Gibson was hammered for 12 hits and seven earned runs in five innings.
Kyle Schwarber led the offense with a home run and three RBIs. Schwarber has been hot over the last week with three homers and five RBIs, but J.T. Realmuto has been even better, going deep four times while driving in seven runs over the club’s last six contests.
Blue Jays Player Prop: Bichette To Get A Hit + Blue Jays Win (+143)
Bo Bichette has been scorching in September, batting .425 while only being held hitless once. You can double up on a Bichette hit plus a Blue Jays win at +143, or two hits and a win at +315.
Phillies Player Prop: Realmuto OVER 4 Hits + Runs + RBIs (+125)
Realmuto has had an up-and-down month but when he’s been hot, he’s been really hot – he had five hits, a home run and nine total bases in Tuesday’s loss. If you think he’ll keep it up on Wednesday, you can grab Realmuto at +125 to get at least four combined hits, runs and RBIs.
Blue Jays: Keys To Victory
Toronto has historically run up the score against Philadelphia, scoring at least eight runs in 11 of the last 28 meetings between the two clubs, including three of the last four. The Blue Jays have also been hot offensively in September with 104 runs, just three behind the MLB-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. If those trends hold up, Toronto should earn another win.
Phillies: Keys To Victory
The Phillies desperately want to get back into the win column and they’ll be looking to Wheeler to help them get there. The starter was poor in his last two outings prior to landing on the injured list, but he had given up two earned runs or less in the four starts before that. Wheeler will need to be in prime form to help Philadelphia snap its skid.
MLB Computer Pick: Blue Jays -105 ML
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