The Toronto Blue Jays will look to secure a win in their first game without Charlie Montoyo managing this talented squad. The first-time manager was fired hours before Wednesday’s clash vs. Philadelphia, and somewhat oddly, off of a big win last night vs. the Phillies.
It’s been a tough stretch for the Jays, losers of their past 9 of 11 contests – but a lengthy home-stretch could’ve seen them vault back atop the AL wild-care standings. Regardless, the Jays will be forced to move on, and know that they need to do a better job of playing to their potential. Former bench coach John Schneider will take over for the remainder of the season.
If the playoffs started today, the Toronto Blue Jays would be in.
They’re 1.5 games out of the top wild card spot in the American League.
That wasn’t enough to save Charlie Montoyo’s job. Bad losses and questions in the clubhouse about leadership were a devastating combination.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 13, 2022
The Jays found a way to squeak out a narrow victory last night vs. the undermanned Phillies. They won 4-3, though there remains a lot of room for improvement. This offense continues to sputter in big moments, while their pitching remains quite erratic. They’ll go against one of Philadelphia’s best on Wednesday evening in Zach Wheeler. The talented right-hander has had a stellar season to date, and should be tough on Toronto’s relatively unchanged right-handed hitting lineup.
Toronto Blue Jays lineup:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Bo Bichette (R) SS
3. Vladimir Guerrero (R) 1B
4. Alejandro Kirk (R) C
5. Teoscar Hernandez (R) RF
6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (R) DH
7. Matt Chapman (R) 3B
8. Santiago Espinal (R) 2B
9. Raimel Tapia (L) LFhttps://t.co/Y3W1k9vpkY
— Stokastic MLB DFS (@StokasticMLB) July 13, 2022
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Zack Wheeler (8-4, 2.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 104 strikeouts); Blue Jays: Ross Stripling (4-3, 3.34 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 55 strikeouts)
Countering for the Jays will be reliever turned starter, Ross Stripling. The veteran thrower has really salvaged a mediocre stretch of Blue Jays’ pitching, and provided quality innings during a time where they weren’t getting many. Though he has been challenged to work deeper into games, and still isn’t fully stretched out – Stripling should provide another serviceable outing vs. the Philadelphia lineup.
Best changeups by Stuff+ (only physical properties of pitch, defined off fastball), SP:
1) Ross Stripling (138!)
2) Sandy Alcantara
3) Logan Webb
4) Aaron Ashby
5) Merrill Kelly
6) Shane Baz
7) Trevor Rogers
8) Bailey Ober
9) David Peterson
10) Logan Gilbert (120)
— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) July 10, 2022
With the Jays fading fast, and a new manager at the helm, another win is desperately needed from Ross Stripling and this Jays squad on Wednesday night. As front offices finalize trade deadline plans, a big series for either Toronto or Philadelphia could go a long way in settling playoff positioning. Though these teams don’t play all that often, it should be another stellar one to close out a two-game series. For added insight, the latest news, trends, and analysis, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our breakdown and betting prediction for the last game of this thrilling Jays/Phillies series. Enjoy the game, folks!
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays Live Odds & Betting History
Betting odds provided by BOVADA
|TEAM DATA||PHILLIES||BLUE JAYS|
|Runs Per Game||4.7||4.6|
|Runs Allowed Per Game||4.1||4.5|
|Team Batting Average||.247||.257|
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays Prediction:
Despite the fact that the Phillies continue in Toronto having lost three straight games, and are without some pretty key pieces – look for them to get back on track vs. a massively flawed Toronto team.
While changing the manager might boost the morale of some of the disgruntled Jays’ stars, they’ll have to contend with a really talented pitcher Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre. Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler enters in fine form, and possesses the type of pitching arsenal that should give fits to the Jays’ hitters. He’s exceptionally tough on righties, and new coach John Schneider has oddly loaded the lineup once again with an array of right-handed batters. Definitely not a recipe for success.
Zack Wheeler doing Zack Wheeler things! pic.twitter.com/Cxx9ehD8dt
— Brodes Media (@BrodesMedia) July 9, 2022
Wheeler has been lights out since the month of April finished. Since that time, he’s pitched to a miniscule 1.53 ERA over his previous thirteen starts, and has thrown an impressive 17 straight scoreless innings entering Wednesday night. He’s dominated the Jays in the past, and should be game to do it once again.
Lowest ERA since May 29
(min. 40 IP)
0.53 Dylan Cease
1.38 Shane McClanahan
1.44 Sandy Alcantara
1.44 Tony Gonsolin
1.63 Zack Wheeler
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 13, 2022
And while Ross Stripling has generally been a positive for the Jays this season, his stuff is starting to fade. Teams have figured out Stripling of late, as he’s failed to work past the fifth inning in consecutive starts. He’s also been getting hit harder compared to earlier in the season, and while his change-up remains elite, teams are starting to sit off and avoid that pitch, and hit for power against his secondary stuff. With power-hitters Rhys Hoskins and Kyle Schwarber entering Toronto in excellent form, the Jays’ pitcher and a beaten-down bullpen behind him will need to be on high alert.
All of Kyle Schwarber’s home runs with the Phillies pic.twitter.com/PEZdQD5sBT
— John Foley (@2008Philz) July 12, 2022
Phillies vs. Blue Jays Trends To Know:
- Phillies are 8-3 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Phillies are 14-6 in their last 20 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Phillies are 25-12 in their last 37 overall.
- Blue Jays are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Blue Jays are 3-13 in their last 16 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
With the Jays slumping with both their pitching and hitting, it’s hard to see any big changes to their results without getting healthier pitchers, or a more balanced lineup. This offense should struggle vs. Wheeler on Wednesday night, and look for the Phillies to bounceback from yesterday’s defeat. They remain one of the hottest teams in baseball since their managerial change, and perhaps the Jays will find the same magic, but not on Wednesday evening against one of the main candidates for the NL Cy Young. Getting Wheeler as a slight underdog seems to be quite the gift, so back the Phillies at +100 on Wednesday night.