The Toronto Blue Jays were on fire heading as they rode their five-game winning streak into their series opener against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
Now, after suffering a pair of crushing losses in Games 1 and 2 of their four-game set, the Blue Jays will look to close out the series on a high note when they take to the diamond at SunTrust Park on Thursday night. If you’re ready to find out which World Series long shot is going to get the win, let’s get to it.
In Depth Analysis On The 2017 MLB Toronto Blue Jays At Atlanta Braves Winning Predictions
When: Thursday, May 18, 7:35 PM ET
Where: SunTrust Park
TV: SNET, FSSE
Live Stream: MLB.TV
Probable Pitchers: Toronto – Marcus Stroman – R (3-2, 3.33 ERA) / Atlanta – Julio Teheran – R (3-3, 4.08 ERA)
MLB Odds: Toronto Blue Jays Moneyline -110
Why Bet on the Toronto Blue Jays
The best reason to back Toronto in this series finale is that they’ve got a gifted hurler taking the mound in this affair in Marcus Stroman. The 26-year-old New York has been rock-solid in each of his last two starts and comes into this contest after limiting Seattle to two earned runs on eight hits while striking out nine in six innings of Toronto’s 7-2 win on Saturday.
Another good reason to back the AL East title hopefuls is that Atlanta has been pretty uninspiring in going 5-8 at home this season, not to mention the fact that the Braves rank a pitiful 28th in runs allowed at 4.7 per contest.
Why Bet on the Atlanta Braves
The best reason to back the Braves in this series finale is that they’ve been smacking the cover off the ball against Toronto. Atlanta scored 10 runs in the series opener before putting another nine on the board against Toronto in Tuesday’s Game 2 matchup after putting eight runs on the board against Miami on Friday.
Another good reason to back the Braves is that right-hander Julio Teheran is looking to put on another strong performance after shutting out Miami for six innings while allowing just three hits and striking out four. The bad news is that the veteran was smacked around for a whopping 10 earned runs over his previous two starts while tossing 11.0 combined innings.
Expert Analysis and Predictions
The Braves have been hitting the ball well lately, but I’m expecting their high-scoring ways to come to an abrupt halt against Marcus Stroman in this contest. In seven starts this season, Stroman has limited the opposition to two runs or less an impressive five times and I believe he will quell Atlanta’s bats just enough for the Jays to get the narrow road win. The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter, a blistering 11-4 in their last 15 interleague road games and 6-2 in Marcus Stroman’s last 8 interleague starts.
On the flip side of the coin, the Braves are just 3-14 in their last 17 interleague home games, 2-11 in their last 13 interleague home games vs. a right-handed starter and an awful 5-17 in Julio Teheran’s last 22 home starts. I like the Blue Jays to get the win by at least two runs.