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MLB Betting Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays
August 16, 2023
In the upcoming conclusion of their Ontario-based two-game series, the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays emerge once more as enticing options for potential bets. Can the Blue Jays make this a compelling ending?
Date: Game 2 on August 16, 2023 at 7:07 PM ET
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Preview
The Phillies had some poor outings against the Minnesota Twins recently. They have a great opportunity despite their negative momentum to close out this series strong. Aaron Nola takes the mound for game two and is 9-8 this year.
Their stats show good signs on offense. Their batting average is around .256 and their opponent’s average is hovering .241. This is a good separation between the two averages, but they cannot allow any bad days at pitching.
Their earned run average is nearing 3.97 and their on base percentage has moved close to .324. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .421, which is right at the league average.
The Phillies are second in the NL East by about 12 games behind the leading Atlanta Braves. They must continue winning if they want any shot at the playoffs, especially since the Braves are the best team in baseball.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview
The Blue Jays have fallen in recent performances, especially with their latest matchup against the Chicago Cubs. Now is a great opportunity to win at home against another good team. Kevin Gausman gets the start on the mound for game two and is 9-6 this season.
Their stats are nice to see on offense. Their batting average is around .261 and their opponents average is hovering .240. This is good if they can continue strong performances on both sides.
Their earned run average is nearing 3.70 and their on base percentage has moved close to .331. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .417, which is right at the league average.
The Blue Jays are third in the AL East by about nine games behind the Baltimore Orioles. Each win is crucial to their chances of making the playoffs, especially with the Orioles coming alive in the second half of the season.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
The following odds from MyBookie show that the Toronto Blue Jays are slight favorites to win game two. The market is estimating that the Blue Jays have a 62.2 percent chance to be victorious.
Philadelphia Phillies: +136
Toronto Blue Jays: -162
*odds are subject to changes
The Phillies are about a coin flip on the road, while the Blue Jays are slightly above .500 at home. With strong pitching and good offensive stats, the Blue Jays are slightly more appealing here to finish out the series.
Final Pick: Take the Toronto Blue Jays to Win at -162
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