Atlanta Braves vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Atlanta Braves host their second interleague series of this round of interleague play as the Toronto Blue Jays visit Turner Field. The Braves are -120 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Atlanta Braves are in second place in the National League East but they are the leaders in a hotly contested NL Wildcard race. Atlanta is 5-5 in their last 10 games, 19-17 at home this season, and five games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the division. As a team the Braves are hitting .238 with Brian McCann hitting .297, martin Prado hitting .277, Freddie Freeman at .271, and Chipper Jones hitting .266. As a team the Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 3.15 with the starters at 3.46 and the bullpen at 2.59. For game one against the Blue Jays Atlanta starts Tim Hudson who has allowed two or less runs in three of his last four starts but only his one win over that span. For the season Hudson has allowed 79 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 54 over 86 innings of work.
The Toronto Blue Jays took two of three from Cincinnati Reds over the weekend and they are at .500 for the year thus far. The Blue Jays are 19-18 on the road this season, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and seven and a half games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. As a team Toronto is hitting .259 with Jose Bautista hitting .336 with 21 home runs, Adam Lind hitting .331, and Jose Molina hitting .304. As a team the Blue Jays pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.20 with the starters at 4.50 and 3.65. For game one in Atlanta Toronto starts lefty Ricky Romero who has been sharp for the most part this season. For the year Romero has allowed 81 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 87 over 95.2 innings of work.
Atlanta is 8-3 in their last 11 interleague home games, 2-5 in their last seven games overall, and 1-4 in Hudson’s last five starts. Toronto is 22-7 in their last 29 game one of a series, 1-4 in their last five against the NL East, and 2-5 in Romero’s last seven road starts.
Toronto is similar to the Texas team the Braves had problems with and I think it carries over to this series as Toronto is actually playing better baseball than the Rangers are right now. I’m taking the Blue Jays today!
Toronto Blue Jays +100 Atlanta Braves