The Phillies Arrieta to Take on the Blue Jays in Series Opener

Phillies Baseball

Phillies Look to Keep Pace with Braves in NL East

The Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies kick off interleague play this Friday. While the Phillies have struggled lately. They have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games. The team should be able to make some ground against the Jays.  They are 3 games behind the Braves in the NL East race.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, NBCS Philadelphia, Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (9-8, 3.25 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LH Ryan Borucki (2-3, 4.27)

Odds: Phillies are -128-moneyline favorites. The total is 9 Under -120.

The Phillies hope their strong interleague play this season carries over into the weekend. They’ve won 11 of 17 of contests. Philadelphia did drop two of three to Toronto at Citizens Bank Park in May.

Toronto Is Playing a Lot of Young Players Down the Stretch

Rumored to have been in on the Arrieta sweepstakes just eight months ago, the Toronto Blue Jays are now on a different path. They have entered full rebuild mode.

At 57-69, the Jays are making use of their flopped season. They are auditioning their prospects at the big-league level.  It has been a revolving door in Toronto lately. Ryan Borucki is one of those young ballplayers.

Borucki’s last trip to the mound was a brief one. The 24-year-old rookie was blitzed for a career-worst six runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning. This was in Sunday’s 10-2 loss at the New York Yankees.

Borucki allowed the first six batters he faced to reach base as the wheels came off in a hurry. He has yielded 14 runs on 19 hits and two homers in his last three starts. This was after keeping the ball in the park in each of his previous seven outings.

Curtis Granderson is 10-for-32 with three homers and 10 RBIs against Arrieta. He is 7-for-16 with three doubles and four runs scored in his last five contests.

Kendrys Morales belted his fifth homer in the last four games overall. He is 3-for-6 with two RBIs in his career versus Arrieta.

Phillies Counting on Arrieta Down the Stretch

By contrast, the former Cy Young Award winner and Ace of the Phillies’ staff, Jake Arrieta, is rounding into form. This is definitely when his team needs him the most.

Arrieta is poised to lead the Phillies to a postseason berth for the first time since 2011.

He has followed up a 4-0 mark over a seven-start stretch with back-to-back losses. He deserved a better fate in his last trip to the mound.

The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner allowed just one run on four hits while striking out six. He also didn’t walk a batter over six innings in a 3-1 setback to the New York Mets on Saturday.

Arrieta owns a 4-2 mark with a 4.85 ERA in eight career encounters versus the Blue Jays.

Cesar Hernandez has eight hits and six runs scored in his last seven games overall, although he went 1-for-12 in the previous series versus Toronto.


Recent Form

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Pitchers Last 3 Starts

J Arrieta (9-8) ERA: 3.25

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Aug 18, 2018NYML1-3U6-$100.00
Aug 12, 2018SDL3-9O5-$100.00
Aug 6, 2018ARIL2-3U8-$100.00

Ryan Borucki (2-3) ERA: 4.27

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Aug 19, 2018NYYL2-10O0.2-$100.00
Aug 14, 2018KCW6-5O4$72.00
Aug 9, 2018BOSW8-5O5$148.00


Philadelphia’s relievers have pitched 10.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Toronto’s relievers have pitched 7.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Philadelphia Phillies – J Arrieta

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Aug 18, 20177-4CHC6.161126Win
Sep 9, 20149-2TOR6.172215No Decision
May 29, 20128-6TOR4.167635Loss
Jul 26, 201112-4BAL554424Win
Jun 15, 20114-1TOR6.293325Loss

Toronto Blue Jays – Ryan Borucki

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
No Recent Starts vs. Opponent.


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.31205.0926
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense3.88254.7723
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense4.48174.2814
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense4.50154.3415

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
May 27, 2018TOR5PHI31047.5OJ.A. Happ (L)Nick Pivetta (R)86531310
May 26, 2018TOR1PHI2-1798.5UJaime Garcia (L)Aaron Nola (R)3630125
May 25, 2018TOR6PHI51019OSam Gaviglio (R)Zach Eflin (R)117151110
Jun 16, 2016TOR13PHI21217.5OJ.A. Happ (L)Aaron Nola (R)17532116
Jun 15, 2016TOR7PHI21508OMarco Estrada (R)Jeremy Hellickson (R)964267
Jun 14, 2016PHI3TOR11-2818.5OZach Eflin (R)Marcus Stroman (R)7141566
Jun 13, 2016PHI7TOR0-1799UJerad Eickhoff (R)R.A. Dickey (R)964598
Aug 19, 2015TOR4PHI72259OMark Buehrle (L)Adam Morgan (L)5102347
Aug 18, 2015TOR8PHI51548.5OR.A. Dickey (R)Aaron Nola (R)9116297
Jul 29, 2015PHI2TOR8-2789OJerome Williams (R)R.A. Dickey (R)7161154

MLB Betting Odds and Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Philadelphia Phillies

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 104-63-41-23-22-46-41-13-5
vs Div25-2615-910-1719-137-1221-28-26-419-22
vs AL11-65-56-16-07-65-11-13-28-4
vs NL58-5236-1722-3539-2321-2750-55-512-1246-40

Toronto Blue Jays

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 105-53-02-55-20-36-40-15-4
vs Div22-3217-145-1815-48-2622-29-32-1720-15
vs AL49-6427-3022-3429-2021-4256-50-713-3036-34
vs NL9-55-24-35-14-410-41-08-5
Team Last 5 Games

Philadelphia Phillies

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Aug 23, 2018WSH2-0W1437Aaron Nola8M ScherzerA
Aug 22, 2018WSH7-8L1398.5Zach Eflin3.1S StrasburgA
Aug 21, 2018WSH4-10L1269.5Vincent Velasquez4T RoarkA
Aug 19, 2018NYM2-8L-1938.5Nick Pivetta3.2J VargasH
Aug 18, 2018NYM1-3L-1047.5J Arrieta6J deGromH

Toronto Blue Jays

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Aug 22, 2018BAL6-0W-1769.5Tom Pannone7David HessH
Aug 21, 2018BAL8-2W-1318.5Sam Gaviglio7D BundyH
Aug 20, 2018BAL5-3W-1689M Estrada5.1A CashnerH
Aug 19, 2018NYY2-10L2188Ryan Borucki0.2J HappA
Aug 18, 2018NYY6-11L2889Sean Reid-Foley4.1Luis SeverinoA

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