Pick Blue Jays -133 vs. Phillies for Series Sweep

Jeff Grant

Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:25 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 8, 2014 12:25 PM UTC

The Philadelphia Phillies have really struggled as underdogs against American League opponents, which will allow the Toronto Blue Jays to complete a four-game sweep Thursday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague affair at the Rogers Centre, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET.

Shut down
Philadelphia has scored in one of its last 35 innings of play, as it looks to avoid dropping a fourth consecutive contest, which includes a 10-0 setback to Toronto as +102 road underdogs Wednesday.

Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd has been the only player to produce at the plate on a regular basis over the last two weeks, as he’s put together a .452 batting average over his last 11 games.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 11-11 after getting shut out, with the 'over' going 12-9-1 in that situation.

Hammering away
Toronto has put together a season high four-game win streak, with the offense scoring 26 runs over that span—leading directly to the 'over' cashing in three of those opportunities.

The Blue Jays are worthy favorites to complete the sweep in this series, considering Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have gone a combined 12 for 28 with five home runs, versus Philadelphia’s scheduled starting pitcher.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 10-4 in its last 14 interleague games at this venue.

Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06 ERA) has led the team to five consecutive victories, which includes picking up a 7-2 home victory over the Washington Nationals last time out, as he surrendered just a single run and three hits over six frames.

The right-hander has gone 1-1 with a 2.39 ERA in four road appearances, while not allowing a home run in 26.1 combined innings.

In his last four starts versus the Blue Jays, Burnett has compiled a 1-2 record and 10.31 ERA.

Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (2-3, 5.01 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 8-6 road loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he gave up three runs and five hits over six innings of work.

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in four home appearances, with opposing batters hitting just .227 against him.

In nine lifetime starts versus the Phillies, Dickey has put together a 3-4 record and 2.90 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Blue Jays as one of their MLB picks, as the Phillies have dropped their last nine interleague road games as underdogs.

Free MLB Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -120


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