The Philadelphia Phillies (31-35) and Toronto Blue Jays (32-32) will continue a three-game interleague series on Saturday afternoon inside the Rogers Centre, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:07 ET

Philadelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays need a big effort out of SP Ricky Romero on Saturday afternoon

Philadelphia is now 4-10 in June after suffering a 3-0 road defeat to Toronto to open up a three-game series, which could end up being worse if catcher Carlos Ruiz misses considerable time with an oblique injury.  He has been one of the top offensive catchers in baseball this year, hitting .362 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs.  The Phillies still need to be respected offensively, leading all National League teams in hits and ranking second in batting average.  Philadelphia is 7-13 in day games this year.

Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.18 ERA) is winless over his first 10 starts of the season, which is surprising due to never going more than three starts without a win to begin a season in his career.  The left-hander has produced a 2.10 ERA since June 1, 2011, which is the lowest among all MLB starters over that span.  In 10 career starts versus the Blue Jays, Lee has compiled a 2-5 record and 4.23 ERA, including a 7-4 loss at this ball park on July 3 of last year.

Toronto has been forced to use its bullpen quite a bit this week, with a pair of starters leaving early due to injuries, but it didn’t stop the club from capturing a victory last night.  The five relievers managed to toss 8.1 combined innings of scoreless relief in the effort against one of the top hitting teams in baseball.  Outfielder Jose Bautista is the player to watch offensively, reaching base safely in 15 consecutive games, hitting seven home runs and collecting 15 RBIs over that stretch.  Toronto is 8-9 versus left-handed starters this year.

Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero (7-1, 4.15 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive victories, but didn’t earn a decision in a 12-4 road win over the Atlanta Braves last time out, lasting just four innings and allowing eight hits.  The left-hander is 5-0 with a 3.51 ERA in six home starts, as opposing hitters are batting just .203 against him.  In three career starts versus the Phillies, Romero has compiled a 1-0 record and 2.21 ERA, surrendering just a single home run in 20.1 frames.

Bettors will likely back the Blue Jays due to their 23-8 record in Romero’s last 31 starts as a home favorite, while the Phillies are 3-8 in Lee’s last 11 outings.

Pick:  Toronto Blue Jays -105

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