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GDB 36.0: Toronto Blue Jays open two game set against Philadelphia Phillies

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
The Toronto Blue Jays get their first look at the Philadelphia Phillies as they swing through the City of Brotherly Love for a quick two-game set.
Toronto will bring ace Alek Manoah to the mound this afternoon opposite of Aaron Nola and Kevin Gausman will take on Zack Wheeler on Wednesday.
After a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates that saw the Jays rack up 22 runs in three games, the bats are feeling hot and that’s a great thing ahead of this series. On the year, the Phillies have allowed 5.11 runs against per game, the sixth-worst rate in baseball. While Nola is their undeniable ace, even he’s had some struggles this season.
Let’s see if the bats can stay hot tonight.
First pitch: 6:40 p.m. EST
Weather: 16C. 5 MPH S winds. (RotoGrinders)
The teams: 
Toronto Blue Jays: 21-14, 7.5 GB, +0.5 WCGB. +20 DIFF, 4.94 R/G, 4.37 RA/G.
Philadelphia Phillies: 15-19, 8.0 GB, 2.0 WCGB. -29 DIFF, 4.29 R/G, 5.11 RA/G.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR +118; PHI -139.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Alek Manoah RHP — 1-2, 4.71 ERA, 1.651 WHIP, 7.7 K9, -0.1 bWAR.
PHI: Aaron Nola RHP — 2-2, 4.64 ERA, 1.125 WHIP, 7.0 K9, 0.3 bWAR.
Lineups: 
Toronto
  1. B Bichette (R) SS
  2. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  3. D Varsho (L) LF
  4. M Chapman (R) 3B
  5. B Belt (L) DH
  6. A Kirk (R) C
  7. W Merrifield (R) RF
  8. K Kiermaier (L) CF
  9. S Espinal (R) 2B
Philadelphia
  1. B Stott (L) 2B
  2. T Turner (R) SS
  3. B Harper (L) DH
  4. N Castellanos (R) RF
  5. K Schwarber (L) LF
  6. J Realmuto (R) C
  7. A Bohm (R) 1B
  8. B Marsh (L) CF
  9. E Sosa (R) 3B

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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@thenationnetwork.com.

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