Fri 23/02/2018 - 03:53 EST

Blue Jays vs Phillies MLB Spring Training Preview and Prediction

Blue Jays vs Phillies Spring Training Odds

My Team's Next MatchToronto Blue Jays

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!

Category : MLB

More articles...
MLB - 04/01/19
Montreal Expos Prop Bets: Will Expos Return to MLB By 2022? 
As the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos nears, rumors intensify for the return of The ‘Spos to La Belle Province. The first Canadian team in the MLB lost their franchise when the league allowed the team to move to Washington - but baseball never went out of style in Montreal, with exhibition games constantly selling out at the crumbling Olympic Stadium. Stephen Bronfman, son of former Expos owner Charles, remains cautiously optimistic for a new era of Montreal Expos baseball.
MLB - 03/10/18
Baseball Wildcards Games 
The Oakland Athletics travel to the Big Apple, to face the New York Yankees in a story of David vs. Goliath franchises. Oakland is the first team in 30 years to make the postseason with the lowest payroll in baseball. Can they continue their run of excellence this season with a win over the Bronx Bombers? Plus a recap of all the craziness that transpired in Tuesday night’s NL Wild Card game.
MLB - 27/09/18
MLB Umpire stats: handicapping men behind home plate 
There is so much that goes into betting on baseball. The starting pitching, injuries, the ballpark and even the man behind the plate calling the game. 
MLB - 21/09/18
Handicapping MLB Starting Pitchers For Baseball Betting 
Major League Baseball revolves around pitching, more so when the playoffs roll around in October. Contenders with big bats and slick fielders will only go as far as their pitching staff allows. As such, handicapping starting pitchers reveals the odds that a team will win an individual ballgame. Baseball clubs with the best starting pitchers have a much greater chance of winning pennants and World Series rings.