MLB Baseball Matchup at a Glance
- Where: SunTrust Park in Atlanta Georgia
- Date & Time: May 18, 2017 at 7:35 PM Eastern time
- M/L Spread: TOR -110 | ATL +105
- Total: O/U 8
- Quick Pick: Blue Jays vs. Braves Over 8 for 3 Units
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves wrap up a four-game interleague series on Thursday night in Atlanta Georgia at SunTrust Park. In game one of the series, Bartolo Colón pitched five innings and secured a 10-6 win for the Braves. The Braves follow that up with a 9-5 win Tuesday night in game two. In game 3 of the series, the Braves won by the score of 8-4. The Blue Jays will be looking to even the series at 2 games a piece tonight while the Braves will be looking to end the series with a 3-1 series win.
Blue Jays hope to get some guys back in the lineup this week
The Toronto Blue Jays came into this series with some hope and expectation as they are winners of six out of their last ten games. In their last series against the Seattle Mariners, the Blue Jays won four games consecutively by a total of 15 runs. It's no secret that the Toronto Blue Jays have been beaten up all year.
The list of players on the disabled list is just as long as the list of players on their current roster. One glimmer of hope is that the Blue Jays are expecting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to return from the disabled list tonight. Third baseman Josh Donaldson is not supposed to return until their next series against the Baltimore Orioles. Catcher Russell Martin is expected to return within the next two weeks.
The Toronto Blue Jays are 17-24 on the year and have a record of 9-12 on the road. The Toronto Blue Jays have played seven out of their last nine games over the posted total.
The Toronto Blue Jays will put Marcus Stroman on the mound Thursday night. Stroman is 3-2 on the year in eight games started. He has pitched 51.1 innings over the season and has thrown 2 complete games. Stroman has struck out 40 batters and walked 14. Stroman currently has a 3.33 ERA, has allowed 57 hits and 19 earned runs.
Braves Send Teheran To The Mound In Series Finale
The Atlanta Braves are having a much better than expected year in the National League. The Braves offense is third-best in the National League for team batting average with a .263. The Braves are a young team with one of the hottest players in the National League Freddie Freeman. Freeman leads the Braves in home runs(14), RBIs(25), OBP(.457), Slugging Percentage(.754) and Runs Scored(34).
The Atlanta Braves are 16-21 overall for the season and are 6-8 at home at SunTrust Park. The Braves are currently in third place in the National League East division. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games overall.
The Braves will put their ace on the mound Thursday night in Julio Teheran. Teheran is 3-3 on the year in eight games started. Teheran has pitched in 46.1 innings, has allowed 44 hits and 21 earned runs. Teheran has struggled with control at times striking out 34 batters but walking 22. In his last start, versus the Miami Marlins, Teheran pitched six scoreless innings allowing three hits and two walks.
Braves and Blue Jays plate over the total tonight
The last 13 times the Blue Jays and the Braves matched up the gameplay over the posted total nine times. The last five times Marcus Stroman has played in an interleague game the game has gone over four times. In his last six starts overall, the game has played over 4 out of 6 times. The last five games Julio Teheran has played at home, all five games went over the posted total.
Too many stats and trends lead to this game going over for me to try to beat the system. If it walks like a duck and it must be a duck…. Play the over here!
Pick: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves over for 3 Units