Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves meet on Tuesday in Toronto for game two of their series. The Braves are -110 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Toronto Blue Jays displayed a lot of what has been expected of them this season as they pounded the Braves on Monday. Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus had two hits including a home run each and J.P. Arencibia hit a home run as the Blue Jays scored nine runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle allowed five hits and a run while striking out six over 6.0 innings to get the win and go to 2-3 on the season. For Tuesday’s game the Blue Jays start Brandon Morrow who has won two of his last three starts, For the season Morrow has allowed 59 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 40 over 52.1 innings for a 2-3 record and a 5.50 ERA.
The Atlanta Braves lost on Monday but all of their closest chasers in the NL East also lost so there wasn’t much damage done. Evan Gattis had three hits including a home run, Freddie Freeman had two hits, and Dan Uggla had a hit as the Braves scored three runs on eight hits in all. Starting pitcher Tim Hudson was hit hard allowing eight hits and six runs over six innings to take the loss and fall to 4-4 on the year. For Tuesday’s game the Braves look to bounce back with Paul Maholm who has won his last two starts and three of his last four. For the season Maholm has allowed 55 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 48 over 61.1 innings for a 6-4 record and a 3.38 ERA.
Toronto is 8-3 in their last 11 home games, 8-15 in their last 22 games as an underdog, and 6-2 in Morrow’s last eight home starts. Atlanta is 8-2 in their last 10 games, 4-10 in their last 14 games against the AL East, and 1-4 in Maholm’s last five starts as a road favorite. Atlanta is 2-8 in their last 10 games in Toronto.
There should be some scoring in this one but I see the Braves bouncing back and getting the best of it as the mild favorite.
Atlanta Braves -110 Toronto Blue Jays