Blue Jays vs. Phillies Friday Prediction
Will the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies break out their bats on Friday night when they meet for interleague play at 7:05 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, May 25, 2018
7:05 p.m. ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: TOR (SNET); PHI (NBC 10)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Phillies as a -128 favorite. As of this writing, 71% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Phillies to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Blue Jays' Gaviglio outstanding in spot start vs. A's
Sam Gaviglio was outstanding in a spot start for the Blue Jays on Saturday scattering six hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball in a no-decision against the Athletics.
Gaviglio racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon, throwing 61 of his 88 pitches for strikes. Given how well he performed in this one, he should stick around to fill Jaime Garcia's spot in the rotation for as long as the left-hander is sidelined. His next turn should come on Friday against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Phillies' Eflin has rain-shortened start vs. Cardinals
Zach Eflin allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Cardinals. Eflin was an out away from qualifying for the win -- despite not being overly sharp -- before the rain rolled in. After a delay, he was replaced by Luis Garcia, denying him a shot at his second win. (It also meant he couldn't suffer his first loss of the year.) The start was easily his worst of three this year, and through Saturday he's got a 1.56 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 17 1/3 innings. Appearances have been sporadic despite the strong numbers, and it's unclear when the Phils might use the right-hander next.
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays are 10-1 in their last 11 games at Citizens Bank Park and have won 13 of their last 16 meetings with the Phillies overall.
The Phillies have lost nine of Eflin's last 12 starts overall and are 1-4 in his last five home outings.
The over is 5-0 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia and is 6-1 in the last seven meetings overall. The over is also 13-4 in Eflin's last 17 starts, is 6-0 in his last six outings coming off five days of rest, and is 4-1 in his last five home outings. On the other side, the over is 4-1-2 in the Blue Jays' last seven road games and has cashed in 13 of the last 16 games they've played versus the National League East.
The Pick: Blue Jays/Phillies over 9