Toronto Blue Jays (41-47) vs Atlanta Braves (50-38)Date : 07/10/2018
Time : 7:35 pm EST
Location : SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia
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Toronto Blue Jays vs Atlanta Braves
Game 1 of a 2-game set between the visiting Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves will take place at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday night at 7:35 pm EST. The Braves occupy 2nd place within the NL East division while the Blue Jays are 4th within the AL East division. In their last outing, the Braves were 5-1 winners over the Milwaukee Brewers to tie the 3-game road set on 7-7-2018. The Braves cashed in on the money line as favorites (-105) as the under was the play in that the total was set at 9.5 runs for the game. Freddie Freeman went 3-4 for the Braves with an RBI while Nick Markakis (1-3, 1 RBI) and Johan Comargo (1-4, 2 RBI’s) provided the offensive punch needed in which to get the win. Anibal Sanchez (4-2) would pick up the win as he pitched 6.2 innings while allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 8 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.72. Aaron Wilkerson (0-1) picked up the loss for the Brewers as he lasted 5 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 7.88. The Brewers could only manage 4 hits for the game with Brad Miller going 1-3 with an RBI in the loss.
On the other hand, the Blue Jays were 8-5 home losers to the Yankees as New York tied the 3-game road set on 7-7-2018. The Yankees cashed in on the money line as huge favorites (-205) while the over was the play as the total was set at 7.5 runs for the game. Brett Gardner was 3-5 with 3 RBI’s in the win while Aaron Judge was 1-3 with an RBI. Luis Severino (14-2) picked up yet another win as he went 5 innings while allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 homers, and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.12. The losing pitcher was J.A. Happ (10-5) who pitched only 2.2 innings while allowing 6 runs on 4 hits, 2 homers, 6 walks, and 5 strikeouts for an ERA of 4.44 for the night. Kevin Pillar was 1-3 with 3 RBI’s for the Blue Jays in the loss.
Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :
The Blue Jays are losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. On 6-3-2018, the Jays would tie a 4-game home set against the Detroit Tigers on 7-2-2018 while also going on to tie a 2-game home set versus the Mets with a 6-3 loss in the finale on 7-4-2018. Finally, the Jays would lose game 2 of a 3-game home set to the Yankees on 7-7-2018 by an 8-5 score to tie the series.
For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.43 runs per game (14th) with a team batting average of .237 (24th), 116 homers (8th) along with 27 stolen bases (28th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.57 (23rd) with 738 strikeouts (17th) along with 33 quality starts on the season (25th).
Kevin Pillar (.246 BA on 325 AB), Justin Smoak (.237 BA on 278 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.254 BA on 335 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
Pitcher JA Happ (10-5, 105.1 IP, 55 R, 90 H, 16 HR, 34 BB, 115 SO with an ERA of 4.44) has been the most consistent pitcher for the Blue Jay’s bullpen this year.
Atlanta Braves's Latest Performance :
The Braves come into this game losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U is 3-2. Recently, the Braves would sweep a 3-game road set versus the St. Louis Cardinals on 7-1-2018, yet, would lose a 3-game road set to the ever-dangerous New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on 7-4-2018. The Braves would recently get back into a 4-game road set versus the Brewers by winning game 3 on 7-7-2018 by a 5-1 score.
For the season, the Braves are averaging 4.93 runs per game (6th) with a team batting average of .258 (5th), 96 homers (18th) along with 50 stolen bases (8th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.81 (11th) with 784 strikeouts (7th) along with 37 quality starts on the season (16th).
Freddie Freeman (.310 BA on 336 AB), Nick Markakis (.322 BA on 342 AB), Ryan Flaherty (.244 BA on 131 AB), and Ozzie Albies (.282 BA on 376 AB) have been the offensive stars for the Braves all season. Dansby Swanson (.241 BA on 278 AB) and Ender Inciarte (.245 BA on 347 AB) have also been consistent at the plate for the Braves.
Mike Foltynewicz (6-5, 95 IP, 29 R, 65 H, 8 HR, 40 BB, 114 SO, 2.37 ERA) and Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 73.1 IP, 44 R, 89 H, 15 HR, 19 BB, 55 SO, 5.15 ERA) have been bright spots on the mound for the Braves this year. Sean Newcomb (8-3, 95.2 IP, 36 R, 73 H, 9 HR, 45 BB, 92 SO, 3.10 ERA) and Julio Teheran (6-6, 92.2 IP, 46 R, 70 H, 17 HR, 45 BB, 87 SO, 4.47 ERA have also been solid for Atlanta in 2018.
How Toronto Blue Jays & Atlanta Braves Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Braves are 46-41 ATS while the O/U is 43-40-4. On the other hand, the Blue Jays are 42-46 ATS while the O/U is 42-40-6.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The starter for the Braves for either game have not been announced, however, Marcus Stroman (1-6) continues his return from injury with the Jays and looks to continue getting better as he gets the start in game 1. In his last outing, though, he pitched 4,2 innings while allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and 1 homer in a 6-3 home loss to the Mets on 7-4-2018. In his last outing versus the Braves, Stroman went 5.2 innings while allowing no runs on 7 hits with 6 strikeouts in a 9-0 road win on 5-18-2017. Stroman has been credited with 7 earned runs on 10 hits in his last 2 starts while the under has been the play in his last 5. The team is 2-4 overall with Stroman manning the mound while the righty has given up a homer in each of his last 2 starts.
Tyler Flowers (.167 BA on 6 AB) has had the least success against Stroman for this Braves lineup. Ryan Flaherty (.273 BA on 11 AB), Ender Inciarte (1-3), Nick Markakis (.286 BA on 7 AB), Danny Santana (3-9) and Kurt Suzuki (2-5) have all had recent success against the right-hander. Both pitchers for game 2 have not been announced at this time, however, it will be interesting to see how these two struggling teams will focus for this important matchup. With the Braves not playing particularly in their last homestand (2-4), they will certainly look to have a much better performance in front of the Braves faithful in this series.
Against The Spread Selection: Game 1 & 2: Atlanta Braves
My reason for the pick :
While the Braves offense has struggled a bit during their current skid, much of the blame can be placed on the pitching staff for Atlanta as well. In the Braves last 5 games, their staff has given up 27 runs while the offense has pumped out only 18 runs during this time. A return home after a 3 series, 3 city road trip, could be the cure for a Braves team along with getting a team such as Toronto to begin their 5-game home stand could also cure their ills at the time. Toronto has averaged almost 5 runs per game during their current 9-game homestand while their pitching has surrendered an average of 5 runs as well during this time. On the other hand, the Jays have scored 4 runs per game in their last 6 road games while the pitching has given up 26 runs during this time. Not much of a difference, however, this slight drop off in scoring on the road says that Toronto does not hit as well away from Rodgers Centre. With that being said, I will expect the Braves to capitalize on an inconsistent Toronto team that is 3-7 in their last 10 road games in getting the 2-game sweep on Tuesday and Wednesday in which to get on a mini streak before facing the NL West 1st place team, the Diamondbacks, in what will be an all-important 3-game home set at SunTrust Park on 7-13-2018.
Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:
- Betting Trends for Toronto Blue Jays
- The Blue Jays are 3-5 in last 8 road games
- The Blue Jays are 7-5 in last 12 games
- The Over is 7-5 in Blue Jays last 12 road games
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves:
- Betting Trends for Atlanta Braves
- The Braves are 7-5 in last 12 home games’
- The Braves are 6-9 in last 15 games
- The Over is 4-1-1 in Braves last 6 home games