The Philadelphia Phillies head to Toronto on the heels of a terrific pitching performance Thursday. Aaron Nola made his case for the Cy Young, as he delivered a stellar outing and led the Phillies to a 2-0 win over the Nationals. The Nats have had a tough go in 2018, as their season has been a massive failure. Just reaching the postseason and not going far would have been a failure, nevermind missing out on the postseason all together.
That’s the situation the Nationals are looking at while their rivals, the Phillies, are trying to catch the Braves or a wildcard. The St. Louis Cardinals who have flown up the ranks, have thrown the National League into high gear. The Phillies are currently on the outside looking in, so need all the wins they can get down the stretch. It’s been such a good year for the Braves and Phils that it’s going to be a shame one might miss out.
Nola is a deserving candidate for the Cy Young. Unlike deGrom, Nola has wins to back his numbers up. If it were up to me right now, I’d be going with deGrom, though. He can’t do much to help the offense and bad umps (see yesterday). Jake Arrieta will get the start tonight for the Phillies. The ex-Chicago Cub has been pitching well and been a part of the resurgence in Philadelphia. Philadelphia fans are hungry for some more success after their Eagles won a Super Bowl. The Blue Jays are scheduled to start rookie Ryan Borucki. Head below for our free Phillies vs. Blue Jays pick.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Jake Arrieta (9-8, 3.25 ERA) vs. Ryan Borucki (2-3, 4.27 ERA)
The Toronto Blue Jays head into the weekend with a little bit of confidence. After getting embarrassed by the Yankees, 10-2, and John Gibbons having an episode over Kevin Pillar trying to steal 3rd base, the Jays have won three games in a row. They had the day off yesterday, following a 6-0 win over the Orioles. It was a sweep against the O’s so don’t get too excited, but at least the Jays didn’t give up after getting their faces punched in against the Yankees.
Borucki hasn’t given the Blue Jays too much in the opportunities he’s had in his rookie campaign. Borucki has been in kind of problem lately, as he’s allowed 14 runs in his previous three appearances. With that, he posted a 13.03 ERA, 2.90 WHIP, and .519 OBA. It all started when he gave up 4 runs to the Red Sox at home. This will be his first action against the Jays in his brief career.
Arrieta has been pacing himself well in 2018. He hasn’t been elite but much above average. In seven of his last nine starts, Arrieta has given up 2 or less runs. He is coming off a sharp outing against the Mets, allowing just 4 hits and 1-run across 6 innings of work. Note that he didn’t allow a single walk in the contest. In two of his last four starts, he hasn’t yielded a walk. Arrieta holds a 2.84 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in his last three matchups. Funny price in this game, I think Arrieta would be demanding something pricier. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to like Arrieta and the Phillies in Toronto tonight.