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GDB 121.0: Who will win the pitching duels between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies?

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Zach Laing
8 months ago
It’s time for the annual two-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies and boy — are we in for a treat.
This set is going to feature some incredible pitching kicking off tonight with Yusei Kikuchi squaring off against Zack Wheeler. On Wednesday, it’s going to be Kevin Gausman across from Aaron Nola.
The Jays, meanwhile, enter this set in what might be one of the most critical junctures of the season as the Seattle Mariners are nipping at their heels in the wild card race. Seattle got as close as half a game back of Toronto over the weekend, but they dropped two of three games against Baltimore and fell 7-6 to the Kansas City Royals Monday night.
This, mind you, comes after Seattle went on an eight-game winning streak at the start of the month. The M’s have three more games against KC before road sets against the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox.
Two wins in the middle of the week for the Jays here could be key.

First pitch: 7:07 p.m EST — Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650.
Toronto Blue Jays: 66-54, 8.0 GB, – WCGB, +59 DIFF.
Philadelphia Phillies: 61-56, 2.5 GB, – WCGB, +71 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR +102; PHI -110.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Yusei Kikuchi LHP – 9-4, 23 GS, 122.1 IP. 3.53 ERA, 118 ERA+, 4.52 FIP, 1.234 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 9.2 SO/9.
PHI: Zack Wheeler RHP – 9-5, 23 GS, 137.0 IP. 3.74 ERA, 115 ERA+, 3.06 FIP, 1.109 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, 10.2 SO/9.
Lineups: 
Toronto 
  1. W Merrifield (R) LF
  2. B Belt (L) DH
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. G Springer (R) RF
  5. C Biggio (L) 2B
  6. A Kirk (R) C
  7. D Varsho (L) CF
  8. S Espinal (R) 3B
  9. P DeJong (R) SS
Phillies
  1. K Schwarber (L) LF
  2. A Bohm (R) 1B
  3. B Harper (L) DH
  4. N Castellanos (R) RF
  5. B Stott (L) 2B
  6. T Turner (R) SS
  7. J Realmuto (R) C
  8. E Sosa (R) 3B
  9. J Rojas (R) CF

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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