Blue Jays vs Phillies MLB Spring Training Preview and Prediction
Blue Jays vs Phillies Spring Training Odds
It's the moment we've all been waiting for. Sure, preseason isn't a decent gauge of how a team will do in the regular season, but sometimes we just want to see some baseball. Exhibition games are the perfect way to tweak rosters, position, and figure out which players have the potential to give it their all this year. That is, if they can stay away from injuries. The Toronto Blue Jays should have heeded that warning last year.
So what's up with this opener?
WHEN: Feb 23 at 1:07pm ET
WHERE: Dunedin, Florida
The Jays are starting Joe Biagini for their first game. The 27-year-old was set to be a reliever last year, but had to play the starter role in 18 games because of the injuries affecting the Jays' regular starters. Overall, Biagini posted a 5.44 ERA in 119.2 IP over 44 total games. He's had experience as a starter, but it's not looking like the Jays will take him as a regular one this season either. The right hander could have fit in as their number 5 starter, but with their acquisition of Jaime Garcia, it's looking like Biagini will be edged out.
The Philadelphia Phillies are fresh off a 9-0 exhibition win over the University of Tampa. They will start Nick Pivetta, who actually has decent Spring Training numbers. He boasts a WHIP of 1.13 with an ERA of 2.25. He's struck out 7 in 8.0 IP. The 25-year-old's other stats aren't as positive though. While he has struck out 140 in 133.0 IP, Pivetta is 8-10 with a 6.02 ERA in 26 games started. Mark Leiter Jr. is also expected to play out of the bullpen.
This game will start off with a moment of silence for former Jays pitcher Roy Halladay.
Take the Blue Jays at -110 at Sports Interaction
This will be a close game and Pivetta's numbers are pretty decent in the preseason. Biagini is only 1-1 in Spring Training. The easy pick would be the Phillies, but the Toronto bats should be awake for this match. Devon Travis is turning heads right now especially.
Biagini won't necessarily be good here but will do enough to keep the Jays in it. He needs to prove himself after the number 5 spot in the rotation was taken away from his hopeful eyes. And not only is he now fighting for a bullpen spot, but he might be sent to Triple-A. We keep hearing about stats vs motivation and this is a clear case where motivation will win out.
Taking a quick glance at the price, this game opened with the Jays as much higher favorites. The Phillies were bet down substantially to near even with the Blue Birds, most likely because of Pivetta's stats. We don't see the Jays becoming dogs, so we should jump on them at this price.
We'll update you guys on how we did when we preview tomorrow's game! Manager John Gibbons is starting relievers to begin this Spring Training, and keeping with that trend is Danny Barnes who starts Saturday's game... Do you agree with our pick? Let us know what you think in the comment section below and stick with us as we kick off a new season of MLB! We'll have many more picks for you as the season continues!
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