MLB Game Preview: Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies

Sep 21, 2022

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Game: Toronto Blue Jays @ Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 6:45 p.m. ET

Odds: Blue Jays -105, -115

Total: 8

The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays in the first two games of an important two-game series. The off day didn’t do much good as the Phillies were defeated 18-11 on Tuesday and allowed 21 hits while doing so.

In the final game of the series tonight against the Blue Jays, Philadelphia will look to end a losing streak that has lasted five games. The Phillies are also just 1-5 SU now in their last six games against teams from the American League.

In yesterday’s game, J.T. Realmuto was a shining light for Philadelphia by collecting five hits, including a home run, and two RBIs for the Phillies. It was the third time in Realmuto’s career that he had a game with five hits. Both Kyle Schwarber and Dalton Guthrie hit home runs for the Phillies. Schwarber’s home run scored three runs, and it allowed him to become the first player in team history to reach 40 home runs in a season. However, the pitchers for the Phillies struggled, and Philadelphia committed three errors.

The Phillies haven’t been to the postseason since 2011 and if they continue their current streak they might not make it again in 2022. The Philadelphia Phillies have a record of 80-67 and are currently in third place in the National League wild-card standings, 2.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers (78-70).

Zack Wheeler, who has a record of 11-7 and a 3.07 earned run average, will make his first start since the 20th of August for the Phillies. That start, as well as the previous one, was one Wheeler would like to forget. Both starts came against the Mets and Wheeler allowed a total of 10 earned runs between the two games. In three career starts against the Blue Jays, Wheeler has a record of 0-2 with an earned run average of 8.40.

After a wild victory in the first game of the series, the Blue Jays (84-64), will try to sweep the series tonight. The Blue Jays were able to strengthen their position in the playoff race. Toronto is currently in first place in the American League wild-card standings, two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays (82-66).

Tonight, the Blue Jays will send out Kevin Gausman to start. The right-hander has a record of 12-10 and a 3.45 earned run average this season. In Gausman’s most recent start, which took place on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the pitcher allowed six hits and five runs over the course of seven innings. In six career games (five starts) against the Phillies, Gausman has a record of 1-3 with a 5.22 earned run average (ERA).

The Blue Jays are now 14-5 SU in their last 19 games. Playing on the road hasn’t fazed them either. Toronto is 12-2 SU in its last 14 road games. The Jays are 14-4 SU in their last 18 trips to Philadelphia.

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