Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 8, 2024

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May 8, 2024 6:12 AM
The Philadelphia Phillies, currently leading the series 1-0, look to continue their dominance at Citizens Bank Park, where they hold a strong 15-6 home record. The Toronto Blue Jays, struggling on the road with an 8-13 record, will aim to even the series on Wednesday, May 8th at 1:05 PM. The Phillies' overall 26-11 record will be put to the test against the Blue Jays' 16-20 mark.
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Blue Jays vs Phillies starting pitchers

The upcoming matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies features a pitching duel between Chris Bassitt and Aaron Nola, each bringing distinct stats and styles to the mound. Chris Bassitt for the Blue Jays is navigating through a challenging season, with an ERA of 5.45 and a WHIP of 1.68 across 36+ innings, signaling some struggles in limiting baserunners and commanding the game. Contrastingly, Aaron Nola of the Phillies presents a formidable challenge with a more robust performance, boasting an ERA of 3.32 and a WHIP of 1.15, complemented by 40 strikeouts in 43+ innings. Nola’s ability to maintain control and minimize scoring opportunities will be critical as he faces a capable Blue Jays lineup. This pitching matchup sets the stage for a game where strategy and execution will be pivotal, with Nola looking to continue his strong season and Bassitt aiming to find his form and deliver a much-needed solid start for Toronto.

Blue Jays vs Phillies game preview

The Toronto Blue Jays head into their upcoming clash with the Philadelphia Phillies showing signs of struggle, particularly at the plate. With their team ranked towards the lower end in major batting categories such as runs scored (27th with 129), hits (25th with 261), and batting average (24th at .226), the Blue Jays desperately need to find their rhythm offensively. A bright spot has been their discipline at the plate, earning them an 8th place in walks drawn. The spotlight will be on players like Justin Turner, who leads the team with a .282 batting average and has driven in 16 runs, to spark the offense. The performance of Chris Bassitt as the probable starting pitcher will also be pivotal, given the team's need for strong starts to keep games within reach.

On the other side, the Philadelphia Phillies are showing formidable strength in their offensive lineup, positioned in the top tiers of nearly all significant batting statistics. Ranking 3rd in both runs scored (188) and team batting average (.258), along with their impressive power hitting, reflected by being tied for 3rd in home runs (46), the Phillies seem well-equipped to challenge the Blue Jays' pitching staff. High performers like Alec Bohm, leading with a .349 batting average and 32 RBIs, alongside Bryce Harper who has smashed 9 home runs this season, look to maintain their exceptional form. The starting pitcher, Aaron Nola, who has shown dependability and effectiveness, might play a critical role in navigating the Phillies through the Blue Jays lineup, exploiting their apparent vulnerabilities at the plate.

Philadelphia Phillies injuries

  • Luis Ortiz (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Dylan Covey (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Rafael Marchan (C): 10-Day-IL
  • Michael Rucker (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Yunior Marte (RP): 15-Day-IL

Toronto Blue Jays injuries

  • Yimi Garcia (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Joey Votto (1B): Day-To-Day
  • T.J. Brock (2B): Day-To-Day
  • Cade Doughty (2B): Day-To-Day
  • Yariel Rodriguez (SP): 15-Day-IL

Blue Jays vs Phillies predictions

The Phillies are favored to win tonight's game against the Blue Jays, and I'm not surprised. The odds are sitting at -150 for Philly, and honestly, it feels like a steal. I mean, we're talking about a team that's 26-11 on the season, with a 15-6 record at Citizens Bank Park. You gotta love their chances of taking down a mediocre Toronto squad that's struggling to find its footing. But hey, I'm no betting expert, maybe I'm just a sucker for a good underdog story. Still, if you're looking for a safe bet, Philly's the way to go.

Now, let's get to the fun stuff – projecting some numbers for tonight's game. I think Bo Bichette's gonna come out swinging, racking up at least two hits and a run scored. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s gonna bring the power, crushing a homer and driving in two runs. And on the Philly side, I'm expecting Alec Bohm to keep his hot streak going, notching three hits and a run batted in. Bryce Harper's gonna be his usual self, going deep and bringing in a pair of runs. But here's the thing – despite some big performances, I just don't see Toronto's pitching staff being able to contain the Phillies' bats. Aaron Nola's gonna deal, and Philly's gonna come out on top, 6-4. Take it to the bank.

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