Toronto Blue Jays vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, 9/20/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jays (+100) Phillies (-110)
Travis Shaw and the Toronto Blue Jays (26-25, 3rd in AL East) travel to Citizens Bank Park on Sunday where they'll meet the Philadelphia Phillies (26-25, 3rd in NL East). The moneyline on this matchup has the Blue Jays priced at +100 and the Phillies are at -110. The over/under is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Taijuan Walker and Cole Irvin.
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
9/19/2020 Vladimir Guerrero 1B Head Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/19/2020 Rafael Dolis RP Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/18/2020 Nate Pearson SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/17/2020 Jacob Waguespack RP Back Out for the season
9/16/2020 Ken Giles RP Forearm Out for the season
9/16/2020 Derek Fisher RF Knee Out for the season
9/15/2020 Elvis Luciano RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/15/2020 Yennsy Diaz RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/11/2020 Jordan Romano RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/11/2020 Matt Shoemaker SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/9/2020 Rowdy Tellez 1B Knee Out for the season
8/27/2020 Trent Thornton SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Philadelphia Phillies Injuries
9/18/2020 Jake Arrieta SP Hamstring Out for the season
9/17/2020 J.T C Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/16/2020 Kyle Garlick RF Oblique Out for the season
9/14/2020 Rhys Hoskins 1B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/13/2020 Jose Alvarez RP Groin Out for the season
9/13/2020 Spencer Howard SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
8/29/2020 David Robertson RP Elbow Out for the season
7/25/2020 Seranthony Dominguez RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 26-25 overall record this season. Walker (34-34 win-loss mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.34 while he has gone up against 2,434 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.89 (247 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.257. He has given up 537 base knocks (8.4 hits per nine innings) and has 182 walks. Walker has pitched in 572 innings and has racked up 516 punchouts in his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.62 and they have given up 218 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the bullpen and they've struck out 239 hitters and walked 125 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.74. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 441 base hits and 234 earned runs. They have allowed 78 home runs this season, ranking them 3rd in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 218 batters and struck out 450. They have walked 4.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.48 and their FIP as a unit is 5.01.
As a team Toronto is hitting .253, good for 12th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Travis Shaw is hitting .231 with an on-base percentage of .306. He has 33 hits this season in 143 at bats with 13 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .378 and an OPS+ of 87. Vladimir Guerrero Jr is hitting .243 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .319. He has totaled 46 hits and he has driven in 25 men in 189 at bats. His OPS+ is 101 while his slugging percentage is at .418. The Blue Jays have 435 hits, including 88 doubles and 74 home runs. Toronto has walked 180 times so far this season and they have struck out 422 times as a unit. They have left 342 men on base and have a team OPS of .761. They score 4.8 runs per contest and have scored a total of 245 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Philadelphia has a 26-25 overall mark this year. Irvin (2-2 career record) has earned a 6.89 earned run average while allowing 11.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.50 and he has faced 203 opposing batters in his MLB career. During his career, Irvin has surrendered 56 hits while he has tallied 35 strikeouts in 44 innings. He has surrendered 34 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.577 and a FIP of 5.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.29 and they have given up 225 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .290 against the Phillies bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 169 batters and walked 78 opposing hitters. As a team, Philadelphia allows 10.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.21. The Phillies pitchers as a team have surrendered 486 base knocks and 246 earned runs this season. They have given up 74 home runs this year, which ranks 7th in Major League Baseball. Philadelphia as a staff has walked 155 hitters and struck out 445 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.51 while their FIP as a staff is 4.62.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 8th in the league. The Phillies hold a .452 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Bryce Harper comes into this matchup batting .267 with an OBP of .417. He has 43 hits this year along with 28 RBI in 161 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .540 with an OPS+ of 154. Alec Bohm is hitting .326 this season and he has an OBP of .382. He has collected 42 hits in 129 at bats while driving in 21 runs. He has an OPS+ of 133 and a slugging percentage of .496. The Phillies as a unit have 426 base hits, including 80 doubles and 74 homers. Philadelphia has walked 197 times this year and they have struck out on 397 occasions. They have had 351 men left on base and have an OPS of .796. They have scored 5.33 runs per game and totaled 272 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Phillies MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays (+100)
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