Blue Jays vs Phillies MLB Spring Training Preview and Prediction
Blue Jays vs Phillies Spring Training Odds
The info is sparse for this matchup, but we can still make a value play based on the little we do know. As it stands now both the Toronto Blue Jays and their opponents are sitting at 1-4, with the Jays being the more disappointing of the two teams. Like last season, expectations might be just a bit above what they'll achieve. Signing Seung-hwan Oh is a start, and they now boast an above average starting pitching staff as well as bullpen. If their position players can stay on the DL, this team can go far this year, not to mention in the coming years with their quality prospects.
Our picks record moves up to 3-1 after the Jays lost to the Yankees on Tuesday. It was a back and forth affair, but as we told you guys yesterday, the Jays pitching would hold it together until one pitcher came along to blow the game, something we've seen the last two games from this team.
Once the Yankees' lineup was released, it was clear they weren't playing any of their big guns. The line swung sharply to the Jays after that, so if you took our pick after the move you got some great value. Marco Estrada playing one inning of solid work, but Anthony Alford stood out with his run off a double and triple, giving him a .444 batting average this spring. A baserunning error resulting in a double play was unfortunate for the youngster, and that might have swayed the game, but in the end it was a learning experience. The Yankees improved to 5-0 with the win.
The Philadelphia Phillies are coming off a loss to the Tigers. They lost 11-6 and had 10 hits in the contest, but also committed three errors. So how about this game?
Take the Blue Jays at -130 at Sports Interaction
- WHEN: Feb. 28 at 1:07pm ET
- WHERE: Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, FL
The visiting Phillies will have a lot of trouble for this one. While not listed yet, some sources say Vince Velasquez will be making the start. Depending on 1. if he plays, 2. how deep he goes, and 3. if Troy Tulowitzki and Kendrys Morales are in the lineup, he could get hit because of their decent numbers against him. Even with a minor league lineup, Velasquez simply put, isn't a good pitcher. In his 15 starts last season, the 25-year-old went 2-7 with a 5.13 ERA. He ended the season with a WHIP of 1.50. The Phillies relievers aren't that much better either, so if the Jays' bats are clicking, this could be a long day for Philadelphia.
On Toronto's side, Joe Biagini might start, but as with Velasquez, he hasn't been listed yet. If he starts, we should expect a similar game to Feb. 23, when these two teams faced off in the opener with Biagini starting that match as well. The only difference is that the Jays offense should produce more runs this time around and the 2-1 win from a week ago should be a comfortable win of at least three runs. That's if Biagini starts of course. Lineups shouldn't matter, though. Look for the Blue Birds to finally reach 2-4. Take the Toronto Blue Jays at -130 at Sports Interaction.
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