The Toronto Blue Jays conclude their 2022 co-play with a series of two games in Philadelphia against the Phillies.
Both teams sit in popular spots in their respective leagues to enter the mini-series.
Here is a look at the match.
Tuesday, 6:45 p.m. ET / 3:45 p.m. PT: Toronto RHB Ross Stripling (8-4, 2.94 ERA) vs. Philadelphia RHB Kyle Gibson (10-6, 4.45 ERA)
Wednesday, 6:45 PM ET / 3:45 PM PT: Toronto RHB Kevin Gusman (12-10, 3.45 EA) vs Philadelphia RHB Zach Wheeler (11-7, 3.07 EA)
Both games are on Sportsnet.
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The Blue Jays (83-64) finished an eight-game major game with a 5-3 record after losing 5-4 to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
Toronto were in a position to sweep three games and lead 3-2 in ninth, but a rare stumble by Jordan Romano allowed the Orioles to score three runs.
George Springer missed a toy-tethered house by an inch, contenting himself with a double, before the Orioles shut him in to save a toy.
However, it was a solid week for the Blue Jays, who played eight games in seven days. They hold the top spot in the American League’s wild card race, one game over the Tampa Bay Rays and 1.5 against the Seattle Mariners.
The Baltimore Orioles, who need to get past one of those teams to make the playoffs, are now 6.5 games at the expense of Toronto.
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The Phillies (80-66) let their lead in the playoff race after smashing last weekend against the Atlanta Braves.
Four-Straight Losers Following a five-game winning streak, the Phillies retain their third and final wild card position in the National League, 2.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sunday’s 5-2 loss marked Rookie Billy Walter’s first loss in his past seven games.
Team Philly couldn’t get much of an attack against Braves’ rookie Spencer Strider, who took a heavy hit in sixth and hit 10
The Blue Jays and the Phillies are both playing in the playoffs after firing coaches and promoting bench coaches to temporary captains this year.
The Blue Jays are 47-32 (.595) under John Schneider after Charlie Montoyo was fired in July.
The Phillies are 58-37 (.611) under Canadian Rob Thompson after Joe Girardi was sent off in June.
Schneider’s first game was against the Phillies in Toronto on July 13, hours after Montoyo was sent off.
Thompson, a native of Corona, Ontario, is the first full-time Canadian manager since 1934.
The Blue Jays swept the mini-series at Rogers Center in July as Montoyo watched his team win 4-3 in their last game before Schneider saw an 8-2 win.
Stripling (twice on two-strokes in seven innings) took the win over Wheeler (six on seven strokes in 4.2 innings) in the end.
The Phillies had four regular players on the series’ banned list in Toronto, including Tuesday’s starter – Gibson.
Wheeler, the All-Star and last season’s strike captain, returns from IL (forearm tendinitis) to start on Wednesday. He’ll be back on the field, with Noah Syndergaard, who was a possible former Jays star, moving to the mall to follow.
Alejandro Kirk (groin pain) from the Blue Jays All-Star Team, is expected to return on Tuesday after missing the past four games.
Blue Jays player Lourdes Gouriel Jr. (left hamstring strain) qualifies for IL out, but there was no clear indication when he would be ready.
The Blue Jays are 12-6 against the NL this season, while Philadelphia is 7-8 against the AL.
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Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber, who leads the National League with 39 home runs and is second only to Aaron Judge in all MLB.
He went 0 for 8 against Toronto in July.
The New York Yankees, who are 5.5 games ahead of the Blue Jays for the first time in the Middle East, host the humble Pittsburgh Pirates in a mini-series that begins Tuesday.
The Rays are in the middle of a three-game streak against the Houston Astros’ leading team in Tampa after losing 4-0 on Monday, while the Mariners opened a three-game streak in Oakland against the first-placed.
The Orioles lost 11-0 Monday to the underpowered Detroit Tigers in the opening game of a three-game series
The Blue Jays conclude their road trip with four games against Team Rays.