Blue Jays at Phillies 5/26/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/06/2019 at 4:13 PM ET

An interleague series will continue on Saturday afternoon, when the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies battle from Citizens Bank Park. Last night, the Blue Jays raced out to a five-run lead after five innings and held on for a 6-5 victory. Justin Smoak hit his seventh home run and drove in two runs for Toronto, who is three games below .500 overall.

The Blue Jays will give the nod to thirty-one year old southpaw Jaime Garcia (2-3 6.28 ERA) on Friday. Through 38 plus innings this season, Garcia has struck out 38 batters and owns a subpar 1.66 WHIP. The Philadelphia Phillies have won 28 of their first 48 games to start the season and are emerging as a contender for years to come. On Friday, SP Zach Eflin (1-1) was tagged for nine hits and six runs over four plus innings. Carlos Santana blasted a two-run home run in a losing effort for the Phillies.

Talented right-hander Aaron Nola (6-2 2.37 ERA) is emerging as the best pitcher in the Philadelphia rotation. Through 64 plus innings, Nola has allowed just four home runs and sports a solid 1.02 WHIP.

Toronto SP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) began a throwing program on Monday and hopes to be back by late June. Through 51 games, Toronto ranks 26th in batting average and 8th in runs scored. For the season, Philadelphia ranks 20th in batting average and 13th in runs scored. Take Philadelphia to bounce back with a win on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, Philadelphia Phillies win 6-3.

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