Blue Jays vs. Phillies Sunday Prediction
In what has turned out to be a competitive series at Citizens Bank Park, the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies will play the rubber match of their three-game set on Sunday. Which team will prevail in efforts to win the series?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, May 27, 2018
1:35 p.m. ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: TOR (SNET); PHI (CSP)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Phillies as a -115 favorite. As of this writing, 59% 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' Happ pitches seven strong innings vs. Angels
J.A. Happ yielded just two runs over seven innings Tuesday in the Blue Jays' 5-3 win over the Angels. The Halos scratched across two runs in the fourth inning on a couple hits and a walk, but they had just one hit and two walks over the other six frames versus Happ. The only disappointment for the veteran left-hander was only five strikeouts after he entered the night having whiffed well over a batter per inning this season. Happ takes on his former team, the Phillies, on Sunday.
Phillies' Pivetta goes seven strong vs. Braves in last start
Nick Pivetta blanked the Braves for seven innings in the Phillies' 3-0 victory Monday. At this point, it seems safe to say that Pivetta has overtaken Punto as the best Nick P in Phillies history. He's 4-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 10 starts this year. His K:BB ratio is exactly 5:1 after he struck out seven and walked one tonight (60/12 K/BB in 53 IP).
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays have won 11 of their last 13 games in Philadelphia and are 4-1 in their last five games versus the Phillies despite losing 2-1 on Saturday.
The over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia and 4-1 in the last five meetings overall.
Both of these teams have been outstanding bets when their respective pitcher toes the rubber but I can't escape this one stat: The Phillies are 9-1 in Pivetta's last 10 home starts. Oh, and they're 14-3 in his last 17 outings overall. When he pitches, they generally win and he's coming off a gem against one of the most underrated offenses in baseball this season in the Braves. So, with Toronto's bats struggling, I'll take the home team in what should be another close game in Philly.
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -115