Phillies vs Blue Jays Home-and-Home Series Preview
By Matt Veasey
TURN OUT THE TORONTO POWER: as stated earlier, the Blue Jays have one of the more powerful offensive attacks in the game today. However, that attack is heavily dependent on the long ball. If the Phillies pitchers can manage to keep the ball down over these next four games and keep Donaldson, Encarnacion, Joey Bats, and company in the yard, they will have a chance to win.
FLIP ON THEIR OWN POWER: this is not the best pitching rotation in baseball, a huge reason for the Jays struggles during a large portion of the early season. The Phils have actually scored some runs of late. In five of their last nine games the club has reached at least the four run mark, and has scored six or more on three different occasions. The bats need to open up, especially on the first two Toronto starters.
WATCH DICKEY’S FLOATER: when Dickey has the knuckleball working fully he can still be nearly unhittable. Those nights are getting less frequent. But if he has a big night with the pitch, it will be a long night for the Phillies’ hitters. If he is off, they need to be patient, and let him put runners on base.
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