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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Total Pick

Time: 7:07 PM EST Thursday May 8, 2014

Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Blue Jays host the Philadelphia Phillies in an interleague match up.

In their last games: In Game 1 of this 2-game series yesterday the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 10-0.

In yesterday’s game the Blue Jays scored 9 runs in the 7th inning and Toronto’s Mark Buehrle became the American League’s first 6-game winner.

The Blue Jays have won all 3 games facing the Phillies this season.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams in Toronto the total has gone Over 6 times.

The Blue Jays are 5-0 in their last 5 home games against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 5-0 in A.J. Burnett’s last 5 starts.

The Blue Jays are 5-1 in R.A. Dickey’s last 6 home starts.

Pitching Match Up
Philadelphia Phillies: A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06 ERA)
Toronto Blue Jays: R.A.Dickey (2-3, 5.01 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Phillies +123 / Blue Jays -133
Run Line: Toronto -1.5 +160
Total Line: 9 Under(-115)

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Philadelphia Phillies: 15-17 SU / O/U 17-12 / Run Line W/L 15-17
Toronto Blue Jays: 17-17 SU / O/U 21-12 / Run Line W/L 19-15

Key Betting Trends
• PHIL is 2-5 in their last 7 overall.
• PHIL is 9-23 in their last 32 interleague games.
• PHIL has an Over record of 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games.
• TOR is 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
• TOR is 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
• TOR has an Over record of 12-3-1 in their last 16 games.

Key Player Injuries

PHILLIES
Darin Ruf OF D.L. Mar 27 ribs Mid-May
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez SP D.L. Mar 27 shoulder Late May?
Ethan Martin SP D.L. Mar 27 shoulder Late May?

BLUE JAYS
Brett Lawrie 3B Out May 5 hamstring Day-to-day
Brandon Morrow SP D.L. May 3 finger Mid-July?
Adam Lind DH D.L. Apr 18 back Early May
Maicer Izturis 2B D.L. Apr 13 knee September?
Casey Janssen RP D.L. Mar 30 ribs Mid-May

Free Total Pick:

You can’t deny that A. J. Burnett is pitching at an all-star level this season and especially so in his last 4 starts (27.2 innings 3 earned runs and 25 strikeouts). He may give the Jays’ batters fits tonight. That said, if anyone is going to light him up it would be the Jays. Toronto’s bats have really come alive over the last two weeks with 60 runs scored in their last 10. The long ball has been their calling card this season leading the American league with 44 home runs and the team is even more dangerous now that Rasmus and Encarnacion are heating up. R.A. Dickey takes the mound for the Jays. The knuckleballer is riding a 3 game QS streak and historically has pitched well against Phillies. However, he hasn’t faced the team since 2012 and their current lineup of hitters has had success against him. Look for each team to put up enough runs to have this game creep over the total. Take OVER 9.

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