Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves go for the sweep of their series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field. The Braves are -150 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Atlanta Braves have taken the first two games in their series with the Toronto Blue Jays and have allowed just one run in the process. On Tuesday Brian McCann homered, had two hits, and drove in two runs and Alex Gonzalez and Jason Heyward each had two hits in an 11 hit five run night for the Braves’ offense. Mike Minor allowed five hits and a run while striking out eight over seven innings to earn his first win of the year. For Wednesday’s game Atlanta starts Brandon Beachy who is coming off the DL and hasn’t pitched in over a month. For the season, before getting injured, Beachy had allowed 36 hits, 17 earned runs, and struck out 46 in 44.1 innings of work.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ bats have gone silent in Atlanta and they will need to wake up if they hope to avoid the sweep. On Tuesday Adam Lind had two hits and drive in a run, Corey Patterson had a hit and scored, and Yunel Escobar and Jose Molina each had hits as part of the five hits and a run the Blue Jays were able to manage on offense. On the mound Zach Stewart allowed 10 hits and five runs while striking out two and lasting just three and two-thirds innings to take his first loss of the year. For Wednesday’s rematch Toronto starts Jo-Jo Reyes who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Reyes has allowed 92 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 52 in 79.2 innings of work on the mound.
Atlanta is 13-3 in their last 16 game three of a series, 10-3 in their last 13 interleague home games, and 1-5 in Beachy’s last six home starts. Toronto is 5-16 in their last 21 game three of a series, 2-8 in their last 10 against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 in Reyes’ last six starts with four days of rest. Toronto is 0-5 in their last five games in Atlanta.
The Jays are simply not hitting and not scoring, just a bad combination if you want to win ballgames. I’m taking the Braves minus the 150 today.
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