Toronto Blue Jays vs Atlanta Braves Match Preview and Free Picks
The Atlanta Braves sustained their first real stumble of the season last week, dropping five of their final six games on a 10-game road trip, and return home for a quick two-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays starting Tuesday looking for stabilization. It starts with the pitching staff, as Atlanta hurlers have posted a 6.80 ERA in its past six games while allowing 13 homers, and the Braves bats have struggled to keep up, hitting .248 while averaging 7.7 runners left on base.
“Our starters have been really solid, but we are going through a rut with them now,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker told the media after Sunday’s 10-3 loss at Milwaukee, a game in which the Braves skipper benched center fielder Ender Inciarte after the speedster failed to hustle out of the box on a dropped pop up.
Toronto enters the series having dropped five of its past seven, falling 2-1 to the Yankees at home Sunday despite Kendrys Morales becoming the fifth Cuban-born player to reach 200 homers in the big leagues. “It just means I need to work harder and keep working and hit some more,” Morales, who has six hits and two homers in his past three games, told media members via translator after the game. The Braves and Blue Jays split a two-game series in Toronto in mid-June as Atlanta got five RBIs and a grand slam from Johan Camargo in the opener and Morales homered with two RBIs in the finale.
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Toronto Blue Jays vs Atlanta Braves Starting Pitchers Report
Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (1-6, 6.50 ERA): Stroman continues working his way back from right shoulder fatigue and a six-week spell on the disabled list, and after surrendering only one earned runs in 12 innings across his first two starts, he was hit hard Wednesday against the Mets. The 27-year-old allowed six runs on six hits with four walks in 4 2/3 innings, the fifth time in 10 starts he has given up five or more earned runs. Stroman’s walks per nine innings (3.8) and hits per nine innings (10.8) are up significantly from last season’s marks of 2.8 and 9.0.
Braves RH Julio Teheran (6-6, 4.47): Teheran did not accompany the team on the final leg of its road trip after coming down with an illness that impacted his last start Wednesday at the Yankees, in which the 27-year-old struck off 10 but walk a season-high tying four while allowing five runs on five hits in five innings. He is 2-5 in his past seven starts – a stretch that includes two starts of zero runs give up and three outings of four runs or more allowed. Teheran gave up two homers against New York and has surrendered 17 long balls on the season, tied for the second-highest total in the National League through Sunday's games.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Atlanta Braves Betting Odds
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Toronto Blue Jays vs Atlanta Braves Free Predictions and Result
|Braves -133 Over/Under 8½||Braves 4, Blue Jays 3|
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Toronto Blue Jays Betting Odds Trends
|Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games|
|Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games|
|Toronto is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Toronto is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 14 of Toronto's last 21 games on the road|
|Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta|
|Toronto is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing Atlanta|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Atlanta|
|Toronto is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Atlanta|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta|
Atlanta Braves Betting Odds Trends
|Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games|
|Atlanta is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games at home|
|Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto|
|Atlanta is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing Toronto|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Toronto|
|Atlanta is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Toronto|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto|
|Next Up: Toronto at Atlanta Wednesday, July 11|